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Meet the Members of AI and Faith

At its core, AI and Faith is people – a diverse community composed of experts in business, ethics, theology and technology from a wide variety of business, religious, and academic institutions. We are always working to expand our roster of outstanding thought leaders. If you are interested in leading dialogue between the faith community and those working on emerging AI-related technologies, please contact us.

Meet Our Community: 

  • Research Fellows explore the practical relevance of “ancient wisdom” to the AI ethics discussion, working with fellow scholars and practitioners who seek to cross fertilize ideas and perspectives as part of a multidisciplinary community of experts.  Immediate goals are to help organize the global discussion of faith perspectives on AI by 1) defining issues of  relevance; 2) tracking research on faith perspectives on AI; and 3) connecting researchers across the landscape of such faith perspectives.  
  • Our Contributing Fellows and Contributing Members are deployed in four teams to promote our “Channel” into the broad AI ethics debate.   The Editorial Team originates, edits and publishes features and other content for our social media pages and Newsletter. The Programs Team supports appearances of our experts and others at third party policy and ethics conferences, and plans our own programs and internal discussions among our community of experts. Our Networking Team builds on the connections of our current experts, promotes mutual programming opportunities with our Partners, and carries forward our “network of networks” approach to promoting the global conversation on faith perspectives on AI. The MediaTech Team develops and maintains our tools for connecting with and publicizing global faith perspectives on AI. 
  • Our Advisors bring knowledge and experience from their disciplines to advise the Board and Fellows, provide content and fill speaking roles, and maintain valuable ties to Partner organizations and their own networks.  
  • Partners currently under construction. 

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Sadegh Aalizadeh

Is currently working as a Software Developer and Solution Architect at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, after completing his Masters degree in Computer Science there.  Sadegh’s continuing research interest is in the area of software refactoring – maintaining and adapting software systems for coming dramatic changes in software architecture and design. Prior to his move to Quebec, Sadegh worked as a software developer in the Computer Research Center for Islamic Sciences in Qom, and as a researcher and writer at the intersection of economic, culture, public policy and legal issues for several high-level policy institutes at Islamic Azad University in Tehran Sadegh also holds a Masters of IT Engineering, E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce from Noore Touba Institute of Higher Education, and a Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Qom.

Nicoleta Acatrinei, Ph.D.

Is an economist, theologian (Eastern Orthodox), and independent expert consultant and evaluator working in Geneva, Switzerland. Nicoleta holds a Ph.D.  from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP). She has lead projects at Princeton University at the intersection of faith and work, and now is working as an expert in faith-based impact investment metrics , focusing on religion/spiritual-based motivations and behaviors, altruism, and workplace changes resulting from the introduction of AI.  

Aneelah Afzali, Esq.

Is an attorney and the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Previously she was a partner in a law firm and general counsel of a healthcare IT company. Aneelah earned her law degree from Harvard University.

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

Is the Principal Research Data Scientist at KenSci, an AI in healthcare-focused company, and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Washington.  Muhammad speaks at major AI ethics conferences globally.  He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Leah Airt

is an information professional with over 15 years of program management and leadership experience. She holds a Masters in Library Science and is recognized for managing projects and teams that require bringing structure to ambiguous and challenging scaled programs. Leah is currently leading a team as a Senior Program Manager to build data-driven operations programs that can be replicated across divisions, accounts, and time-zones.

Yasmin Ali

Is the founder of Skillspire, an education startup that offers technology boot camps for immigrants, refugees and women, largely taught by part-time instructors who work in technology.  Yasmin was an early and visionary member of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) and remains active in leadership there.  

Carlos Arias, Ph.D

Is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Seattle Pacific University. He previously taught and served as research director at a leading university in Honduras. His work focuses on the interaction between faith and computer science, and computer science education

Thomas Arnold

Is a Research Associate at the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts University and a lecturer in the university’s Computer Science Department.  His work 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 also holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and is nearing completion of his PhD dissertation there.

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.

Vincent Bacote

Is an Associate Professor of Theology fand the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College.  Vince’s areas of teaching and research include theology and culture, theological anthropology, and faith and work.  He is a graduate of the Citadel, holds a Masters degree in Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Masters degree in philosophy and a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University. 

 

Bruce Baker, Ph.D

Recently retired from his role as adjunct professor of Business Ethics at Seattle Pacific University and is a former senior Microsoft executive.  Bruce is also ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology, Stanford Business School, Fuller Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in Theological Ethics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.   

Catherine Ballantyne

Is an AI researcher, technologist, engineer, device physicist, designer, and a decades-long participant in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsCatherine has been a participant observer in Stanford’s Hoover Institution and the Berkman Klein Center’s think tank outreach/opinion shaping programs at Harvard. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Stanford.

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. 

William Barylo

is a sociologist, photographer and filmmaker and postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK where he studies how young Muslims in Europe and North America navigate race, class and gender barriers from a decolonial and restorative perspective. William also produces films on social issues to disseminate knowledge to wider audiences, including documentary and fiction films to equip students and community organizers with practical tools for navigating the world, and help businesses nurture better work cultures.  He holds a PhD from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, France.

Gordon Bell

is President of MDCommerce, which helps healthcare providers manage the business in their practice, using technology and rigorous process to enhance patient services, cut costs and improve the practice bottom line.  Gordon also works extensively in health care availability and ministry in India.

Gilad Berenstein

Is currently working in venture capital in Seattle after founding and leading a successful travel personalization startup and serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2).  Gilad holds masters and undergraduate degrees from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Ali-Reza Bhojani

Is a Teaching Fellow in Islamic Ethics and Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Al-Mahdi Institute. Ali-Reza has a developing research and teaching interest in AI ethics, exploring how Islamic thought can both inform and be informed by the pressing questions emerging out of the AI ethics space. In previous academic posts at the Al-Mahdi Institute, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford, and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, his research, teaching and writing has focused on intersections between Islamic legal theory, theology, and ethics. He has served two terms as an elected council member of the British Association of Islamic Studies and regularly contributes to a range of knowledge exchange activities within Muslim communities, inter-faith settings and beyond. Ali-Reza holds a PhD in theology from Durham University.

Shanen Boettcher

Has completed his PhD dissertation at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on the role that AI technology plays in the relationship between spiritual/religious information and knowledge among people living in the Pacific Northwest.  Previously, Shanen worked for 25 years in technology, primarily as a General Manager of Product Management at Microsoft.  Shanen brings an interfaith perspective to AI&F. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Religions and Education from the University of Warwick in England.

Harris Bor

Practices international arbitration and commercial and company litigation from Twenty Essex, a barristers’ chambers in London. Harris is also Research Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, a rabbinic scholar with the Montefiore Endowment, London, and author of the 2021 book Staying Human: A Jewish Theology for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Harris holds a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary, University of London, and a PhD in Theology from Cambridge University.

David Brenner

Currently serves as the board chair of AI and Faith.  For 35 years he practiced law in Seattle and Washington DC, primarily counseling clients and litigating claims related to technology, risk management and insurance. He is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley’s Law School. 

Andrew Buhrmann

Is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vettd, Inc., a Bellevue, Washington-based company which uses deep learning AI models and search engines at the core of its advanced decision management solutions. Eschewing mainstream AI tools, Vettd builds AI models that their clients own and are built with their own data, or data Vettd helps them ethically acquire.  Vettd manages these AI models and search engines which are integrated into existing platforms or used to power new intelligent products.  Before Vettd, Andrew worked in several service-oriented startups in key product development and sales roles.  Andrew holds a degree in economics from the University of Washington. 

 

Kutter Callaway, Ph.D.

is an Associate Dean of Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Seminary and co-director of Reel Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where he is actively engaged in writing and speaking on the interaction between theology and media culture. Kutter is also an ordained Baptist minister. He holds masters degrees and two PhDs from Fuller, the first in Theology and Culture and the second in Psychological Science.

Danny Chai

Is a software engineer with 20 years of experience working in a variety of Silicon Valley start-ups and largescale tech companies, including Yahoo and Facebook. Danny is the Vice President of AI at CrowdSmart.ai, an AI-driven business insights platform. Danny’s interest in artificial intelligence and ethics began 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.

Craig Chapman

Is the Director/Dean of the Creatio Center for Technology, Media and Design at Northwest University. Previously 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Occidental College.

Yaqub Chaudhary, PhD

Was most recently a Research Fellow in AI, Philosophy and Theology at Cambridge Muslim College. His research focuses on 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. Yaqub holds a Masters of Engineering degree and a PhD in physics from Imperial College – London.

Levi Checketts

Is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University and a participant in the joint Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican, and Santa Clara University’s Committee on AI Concerns. Levi writes on social and ethical problems related to AI and transhumanism from a Catholic perspective. Levi holds a M.T.S. in moral theology from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 

Phil Chen

Is the Founding Partner at Race Capital, a Silicon Valley software venture fund that invested in companies like Lightning Labs and Databricks. He is also an advisor and founder of the HTC Exodus, the world’s first open source crypto mobile phone. Previously at HTC, Phil was product manager for the launch of the world’s first Android phone in 2009.  Phil holds both Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees from the University of California San Diego in Arts, Physics, and Pure Mathematics, and a Master of Divinity in Post-Modern Philosophy from Fuller Seminary. 

 

Mark Chinen

Is a Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches courses in artificial intelligence and legal responsibility (among others)Mark  authored a 2019 book on the law of autonomous machines and the forthcoming The International Governance of Artificial Intelligence. He is also a Fellow of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality Mark received his law degree from Harvard Law School and previously earned bachelors and masters degrees at Pomona College and Yale Divinity School

Ben Christensen

Directs Global Purpose and Sustainability Partnerships strategy for SAP Marketing to advance SAP’s Purpose and Sustainability strategy. Ben also is a co-founder of the SAP Interfaith Alliance ENG to advocate for policies that unlock whole employee capability in a company, and advance sustainable development across industry through the socio-economic capital of interfaith harmony.

Nathan Colaner, Ph.D

Is Senior Instructor and Director of Business Analytics at Seattle University and Managing Director of SU’s Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. He is also an external fellow of the Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University, and ethics lead for the AI Institute for Complex Systems at the University of Washington.  Nathan holds an MBA from Seattle University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kansas. 

Jane Compson, Ph.D.

Is an associate professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma Campus, teaching classes in topics surrounding Ethics and Religion. Jane holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Comparative Religion from the University of Bristol (UK), and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy (bioethics) from Colorado State University. 

Andy Crouch

Is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship, and author of five influential books exploring faith, culture, and the image of God in the domains of technology, power, leadership, and the arts – most recently The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World  He previously was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. Andy studied classics at Cornell University and received his Masters in Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. 

 

Salah Dandan

Is an attorney and business executive with extensive experience in international business transactions, technology, and intellectual property.  Salah is also an Associate Professor of Law at Kuwaiti International Law School where he teaches Intellectual Property and is a Research Fellow focused on AI Ethics.  Salah is the Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS).

Andrew DeBerry

Is the Head of AI & Fairness at Meta, using emerging ML tools and AI ethics to protect vulnerable groups, fight discrimination, and build inclusive communities.  He has 16 years of experience leading cross-functional teams at Microsoft and Amazon Web Services where he was head of AI & Cybersecurity for Cloud Intelligence Andrew graduated from Notre Dame with an aerospace engineering degree, holds Master of Arts degrees in national strategy from the American Military University and in global/international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Craig Detweiler, Ph.D

is Dean of the College of Arts and Media at Grand Canyon University and a professor, author, and mentor on culture, faith and technology. Craig has written several screenplays and books, including iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives and Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and a Masters of Divinity and PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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.

Matthew Dickerson

Is a Professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College and the author of numerous 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, works of fantasy literature, and guides to flyfishing in many parts of the US.  Matthew earned his PhD in computer science from Cornell University.  

Francis Djirackor

Was most recently the Executive Director of Elris Communications Services Ltd, which provides professional services in the telecommunications, broadcast and IT space in Nairobi. Francis has worked in telecommunications and IT engineering in Ghana and Kenya since 1995.  Francis is also a leader at CITAM Ministries, a dynamic collection of four large Christian congregations in Kenya’s capital.

Barry Dynkin

Is a cybersecurity attorney and the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the American Cybersecurity Institute, a think tank focused on the juncture of technology, security, law and policyHe is also the  Co-Founder and President of Atlas Cybersecurity, a managed cybersecurity service provider and consultancy. As a Tech-in-Residence Fellow and adjunct professor at the City College of New York and Hofstra University, he teaches technology ethics, cybersecurity, and privacy law at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Barry has published widely on the juncture of technology, security, law, and policy. He is also a Board Director and Co-Chair of the Risk, Legal, and Compliance and Academic Relations Committees of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of ISACA.

Al Erisman

is the co-founder of Ethix magazine, which explores business ethics in a technological age.  He previously served as Director of Technology at the Boeing Company, where he led a 300-person research staff focused on innovation paths.  Al is  cochair of the board for The Theology of Work Project and a founding board member for KIROS (Christians in Business in the Seattle area). 

Douglas Estes, PhD

Is a professor of New Testament and practical theology at Hillsboro College 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.   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 the University of Nottingham, a Masters of Divinity and Theology from Southeastern Baptist Seminary, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. 

Don Forbush

Is co-publisher of the Smartacus web platform, which uses tools like Zoom, Basecamp and Trint to enable students, writing coaches, and community leaders to create communications that serve the public interest while preparing students for careers in journalism, public relations, film, and digital media. 

 

Sharron Frammingham

works at DataForce (part of the TransPerfect family of companies and an approved vendor in data augmentation and labeling). Her work supports organizations that are developing Responsible Artificial Intelligence to solve real world problems (Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta and Bytedance). Previously, Sharron engage from 2007 forward in extensive non-profit activities in universities, hospitals and prisons. In addition to serving with some amazing organizations, she also originated the Octagonal Mindset theory and has spoken at TEDx.    Sharron holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Leicester.

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 and an advisor to various US defense and intelligence agencies. Her primary research focuses on conduct of war issues, ethical leadership, command climate, warrior transitions, moral injury, and the future of warfare.  Previously, Shannon was a tenured faculty member teaching ethics at the US Naval Academy. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Brown University. 

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 and Futures of Artificial Intelligence: Perspectives from India and the United States. His research expertise and writing are focused on exploring how we use technology to enchant and give meaning to the world.  

Brian Glenn

is a senior manager on Meta’s Strategic Response Policy team Previously, he was a foreign policy specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on Middle East issues and in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency for over 10 years.  Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culture and Politics of the Middle East from Georgetown University, and a Masters degree from the Naval War College.

Mark Graves

Is a Director and NLP Data Scientist at Parexel AI Labs, and a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has developed AI and data solutions in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries. Mark’s current research focuses on using text analysis and other natural language processing techniques for understanding and modeling human morality, ethical approaches to data science and machine learning, and philosophical and psychological foundations for constructing moral AI. Mark holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan and a master‘s degree in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Brian Patrick Green

Is the Director of Tech Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and teaches AI ethics in the school’s Graduate School of Engineering.   His work focuses on the ethics of technology, as well as the relationship of technology and religion. He is the author and co-editor of books on Space ethics, transhumanism, and is the co-author of the Ethics in Technology Practice corporate ethics resources. Brian holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in genetics from Univ of California, Davis.   

Haley Griese

Studies religion, ethics, and politics at Harvard Divinity School as a Master of Divinity Candidate. Her academic interests include pragmatism, decolonial theory, moral philosophy, existentialism, and tech ethics. She explores questions such as: What does it mean to be “us” in the digital age? How could pragmatic digital ethics reduce emergent technologies’ potential for harm, while maximizing their capacities to build more equitable futures for all? After completing her master’s degree, Haley hopes to pursue doctoral work in a related field.

Scott Hawley

Is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Belmont University, where he teaches physics to audio engineering students.  Scott 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  PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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.  She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Don Howard, Ph.D

Is a Professor of Philosophy, a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, and an Affiliate of Notre Dame’s interdisciplinary Technology Ethics Center (TEC). He is an editor of the Einstein Papers at Princeton and has been writing and teaching about the ethics of science and technology for over three decades. Don’s current research interests are focused on ethical and legal issues in cyberconflict, cybersecurity, and autonomous systems.  He earned his PhD from Boston University.

Gretchen Huizinga

Is the former Executive Producer and Host of the Microsoft Research Podcast and recently earned a PhD in Education at the University of Washington based on her thesis “Righteous AI: Christian Perspectives on AI Ethics”.  Gretchen also holds a Master of Arts degree in the Art of Mass Communication, and an M.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Human Development.

Larry Hunter

Is Director of the University of Colorado’s Computational Bioscience Program and a Professor of Pharmacology (School of Medicine) and Computer Science (Boulder). His research interests span cognitive science to rational drug design, while his recent primary focus is the integration of natural language processing, knowledge representation, machine learning and advanced visualization techniques to address challenges in interpreting data generated by high throughput molecular biology. He holds a PhD from Yale University.

Batool Hussain

Is SAP’s Head of Americas Sustainability Services – Ventures, located in greater New York City.  Batool has over 15 years of international work experience covering UK, Europe and the U.S delivering on strategic programs.  Batool is skilled in leading large cross-functional and geographically dispersed teams in development, integration and implementation efforts of transformation and innovative initiatives.  Batool is also a co-founder of the SAP Interfaith Alliance ENG.  She holds an Executive MBA from Baruch College and Masters in International Relations from Harvard University. 

 

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. 

David Zvi Kalman, Ph.D

Is a Scholar in Residence and Director of New Media at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he writes and teaches about religion and technology, and produces several podcasts. He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on the relationship between Jewish history and the history of technology, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in medieval Islamic law.

Raja Kanuri

is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theology and Religion at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.  He is researching Vedic ethics in the context of the evolving AI ethics framework.  Raja is also a Project Manager at the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and works with the Berlin School of Technology. Before moving to Germany to pursue his MBA, Raja worked as a project team lead and manager at several technology companies in Hyderabad, India in the areas of customer service, training, team and project management. He holds a bachelors of science degree from Osmania University and a diploma in Communicative English from Central Hyderabad University. 

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.

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.

Margaret Kibben

Is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the current Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served as the first woman Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy and the Chaplain of the Marine Corps, retiring as a Rear Admiral She was awarded the Bronze Star for her service as a chaplain in Afghanistan. Admiral Kibben holds a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry from Princeton Seminary and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

David Kim

Is the CEO and co-founder of Goldenwood and has spent the past several decades training, consulting, and counseling hundreds of leaders and organizations in developing a meaningful integration of faith and work. He previously served as VP of Faith and Work with Redeemer City to City, Executive Director of the Center for Faith & Work and Director of the Gotham Fellowship, all at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. David is editor of the NIV Faith and Work Bible.

W.E. King

Teaches core informatics courses to undergraduates in the Information School at the University of Washington. Previously, they were adjunct faculty at Portland Seminary while studying Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. Their research focuses on human experiences with intelligent technologies in relation to religion and gender, specifically looking at ways religious ideologies embedded in intelligent technologies impact multiply marginalized individuals. In 2021, they were awarded their PhD with a dissertation entitled A Match Made in Heaven: Queer Christians and Dating Apps, in the Information School of the University of Washington.

Sean Koh

Is an expert in cross-border transactions in finance, technology, infrastructure, media, and entertainment. He is chair of his family office, Koherent Incorporated, and through it has structured various private equity and project financing deals with leading global institutions, while also co-chairing investment forums with other family offices and financial institutions at the United Nations, World Economic Forum, and other international communities. Sean holds a degree from the Wharton School of Business, and is also an award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and music producer known as ESKOH.com. 

 

Elias Kruger

Is a Quantitative Analytics Manager and VP at Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta, and the Founder of  AI and Theology which seeks to apply a thoughtful Christian lens to the promise and peril of Artificial Intelligence. Elias holds a Masters of Theology degree  from Fuller Seminary, and an MBA from Regent University.  

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).

Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD

Is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Theological Ethics, and Chair of Educational Leadership in the Ethics of Life at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval in Quebec.  Cory’s research lies at the intersection of religion, medicine, biotechnology, environment, and ethics. He previously taught at the Center for Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Religion at Emory University and is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican. He earned his PhD in Religious Ethics at McGill University. 

Chris Lim

Leads TheoTech, where he created the company’s primary product io, a platform where humans and AI collaborate to deliver real time translations of live events. He was formerly a software engineer at Amazon.  Chris earned a Master of Computer Science degree at the University of Washington, where his research focused on machine translation.

 

Milind Makwana

Is a senior technical program manager at PayPal driving critical initiatives in the Payments space. Milind has been involved in increasingly responsible roles in program management and product development for 20 years. He is the leader of the Hindu faith community within PayPal’s broader Faith Employee Resource Group – Believe. Milind holds a Bachelors Engineering degree in Electronics & Telecommunications and has completed his Advanced Program management course from Stanford.

Lewis McMurran

Is a financial advisor who previously implemented “future of work” strategies for the Washington State Workforce Board, following his role as Co-Manager of the Future of Work Project for the Workforce Board.  Lewis has over two decades of experience in government relations, advocacy, and external affairs, and was the first Director of Government Relations for the Washington Software Alliance (now WTIA). He is a graduate of Georgetown University in International Relations. 

Maryyum Mehmood

Is a ‘pracademic’ (practical academic) whose work sits at the interface between academia, grassroots and policy, aiming to harness the power of positive social impact. Through her decade-long academic career, Maryyum has been at the forefront of providing training to international diplomats and NGO leaders. Maryyum is also the Founding Director of The SHIFT (Social Harmony, Intercultural & Faith Training), where she provides consultancy, advisory, and ethical leadership training to enhance religious and cultural literacy. Maryyum holds a PhD from King’s College London in International Relations as well as a masters degree in South Asia and Global Security. 

 

Meenaz Merchant

is the Partner Group Program Manager of Bing Search and Web Experiences at Microsoft. He holds undergraduate and master’s 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.

Suzette Messa

Is a Business Innovation Consultant at SAP where she teaches and works with internal and external customers to grow their ideas and businesses.  Prior to joining SAP, Suzette was instrumental in helping to build 3 startup companies from the ground up in the Silicon Valley and in Europe. Suzette is a leader in the SAP Interfaith Alliance ENG which began with her desire to embrace and evolve the different textures of faith and culture.  Suzette holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration – Marketing from Cal State University. 

 

Vikram Modgil

Is currently Global head of partnerships at Amazon Chime SDK.  He is an AI/ML expert who previously founded  Pi Square, a machine-learning startup specializing in AR/VR/XR, synthetic voice (called NeuraVoice) and intelligent automation. Since the early 2000’s, Vikram has been on the executive leadership teams of multiple unicorn startups & multi-billion-dollar corporations. Vikram also founded a pioneering broad spectrum AI ethics group in Seattle called The Good AI. 

Emad Mostaque

Is the founder and chairman of Stability.AI, a UK-based collective of vibrant communities of experts, leaders and partners across the globe developing cutting-edge open AI models for Image, Language, Audio, Video, 3D and Biology. Emad has had a very successful career in hedge fund management with a particular focus on gaming. His particular current vision is delivering open source technologies in a wide range of media to languages and cultures outside the current mainstream English and western orientation.

Mois Navon

Is a doctoral student at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, following a 35- year career as a computer design engineer.  His thesis “The Moral Status of AI” seeks to understand how humans should interact, morally, with humanoids – be they mind-less or mind-ful.  His research combines his rabbinic background in moral philosophy with his long term career in computer technology. 

Brendan Newell

has been a Technical Architect at Microsoft for over 20 years, most recently working on Identity and Cloud Security issues with some of Microsoft’s largest Enterprise customers. Before entering the technology field, Brendan studied to be a Catholic Deacon. Brendan was involved in Microsoft’s discussions of AI ethics with the Vatican and business and government agencies that became The Rome Call for AI Ethics, and is presently participating in a Microsoft-sponsored irrigation project applying AI software in Tanzania.

Brenda Ng

Is the Executive Director for Research & Insights in the Digital Innovation Group of Providence Health and Services.  She was previously principal and founder of The Trio Group, specializing in customer-driven business and marketing insights for a wide range of technology companies, and a senior executive for consumer and competitive insights at Microsoft and T-Mobile where she played leading roles in the launch of X-Box and T-Mobile’s first cell phone.  Brenda holds a bachelor of science degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. 

Joanna Ng

Is a pioneering AI researcher and IBM Master Inventor who holds over 50 patents in the field from her three decades as a senior manager and software architect at IBM Canada. Joanna now works in an entrepreneurial start-up setting at Devarim Research, continuing to apply her design-thinking methodology to IoT,  Blockchain, and augmented cognition.  Joanna is also the founder of Tech KOE (Kingdom on Earth), a ministry to integrate faith and work where she teaches and mentors tech professionals.  

James B. Notkin

Is Co-Pastor and Vision Lead of Union Church, Seattle, where he seeks to work with congregants and the surrounding tech community to live into our call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with Jesus. Before co-founding Union, James B was in ministry with Ann Arbor First Presbyterian Church, and then University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from  Princeton Theological Seminary.

Sean Oesch

Is a research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and previously served as a software engineer for the US Air Force.  Outside his day job, Sean has a strong interest in ethical application of technology tools for faith mission and ministry.  Sean holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Mercer University and a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Ben Olsen

Is a Responsible Technology leader and a professional coach informed by an ecumenical spirituality. Today, he works on Trust and Governance Infrastructure for Microsoft, where he also teaches Mindfulness and Compassion to employees. He is co-chair of Responsible AI Learning for the World Economic Forum’s Responsible Use of Technology working group. In 2021, Ben founded Huminary, a coaching, learning, and advisory company. Throughout his life, Ben has been practicing and teaching across contemplative traditions, including Evangelicalism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and Buddhism. 

Cyrus Olsen III

Is Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought at the University of San Francisco (AY 2022-23).  He is an Oxford-trained academic, collaborator, and observer in the Neurology Department of Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School through the Dhand Lab.  The Templeton World Charity Foundation is supporting his research for the next three years titled “Buffering, Porosity, and Brain Health in Uganda,” a partnership with Ugandan researchers to study how beliefs about ancestors influence health-seeking behavior.  Cyrus is also a small business owner (TunedtoCyrus,LLC), facilitating his work in voice-acting and thought leadership for social impact. 

Thomas Osborn

Is a senior leader at Vettd, Inc., a human resources software company in Bellevue, Washington. He brings to AI and Faith extensive experience in business strategy and management, and technology consulting (most recently in relation to education and church platforms) and has a keen interest in technology that enhances spiritual transformation via deeper teacher and learner engagement. Thomas holds a BA in communications and speech and an MBA with a finance concentration from the Univ of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.

Tripp Parker

Is an applied AI leader currently working in fintech and payments processing as Lead Product Manager at Marqeta.  Previously he spent over 10 years at Amazon and Microsoft working on AI applications in advertising and healthcare, before moving into the fintech space.  He holds degrees in Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science from Duke University.

Michael Paulus

Is the Dean of the Library, Assistant Provost for Educational Technology, and Director and Associate Professor of Information Studies at Seattle Pacific University. Michael’s administrative, teaching, and scholarly interests focus on the future of information and communication technologies, especially their impact on higher education, libraries, work, and ethics. He is co-editor of AI, Faith, and the Future, a collection of essays by an SPU faculty study group reflecting on Christianity and artificial intelligence published in 2022.

Rev. Dr. 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.  Ted has historically focused on ethics related to the human genome and stem cell research, and is currently studying issues related to transhumanism and data technology. He holds masters degrees from the University of Chicago and Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a PhD from the University of Chicago. 

 

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. 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.

Veronica Petrencu

is currently Project Lead and Research Fellow for Enterprise for Society Center in Lausanne, Switzerlan, where she is involved in projects related to sustainable food and agriculture, responsible consumption, sustainability in education and public health prevention. She is notably interested in the role and impact of AI on consumers’ behavior and mental health, considering the current challenges our societies face regarding planetary boundaries, inequality, and public health.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and has 10 years of experience in research related to international migration, civil conflicts, integration policies, attitudes towards immigrants, migration policies, and economic history.She published one article in the prestigious American Economic Review.”

Michael J. Quinn

Recently retired as Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University and as Director of Seattle University’s  Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. Michael did pioneering research in the area of parallel computing and in the early 2000’s began to focus on ethical issues related to computing. His seminal textbook, Ethics for the Information Age (Pearson) is in its 8th edition, and used by more than 125 colleges and universities. Michael holds masters and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and Washington State University.

Vineet Rajan

Is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paraclete. Paraclete is the world’s first SoulCare™ platform enabling employers to individually support and engage their employees by connecting them to on-demand, confidential conversations with trained SoulCare™ Guides, to lighten employees’ loads and actualize a thriving workforce where workers can truly bring their whole selves to work. Vineet brings to Paraclete experience with another startup and 11 years as an officer in the Marine Corps, where he led Marines in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served in military intelligence and national policymaking roles. Vineet holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University.

Daniel Rasmus

Is the founder of Serious Insights, which provides strategic analysis around scenario planning, knowledge management, collaboration, emerging technology and popular culture to help clients put their future in contextDan formerly managed think tank research teams at Forrester Research and MicrosoftHe is the author of Listening to the Future, and Management by Design and publishes regular blog posts on AI on the Serious Insights website.

Rebekah Rice, Ph.D

Is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences 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 PhD from Brown University. 

Ron Roth

Is a lead vocalist, philosopher, writer, ethicist, and Board Member at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, Florida, and a 20-year veteran of designing and architecting software systems.

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.  He writes The Convivial Society, a widely-read newsletter on technology and society.

Pablo A. Ruz Salmones

Is the Chief Executive Officer at Xeleva Group a Software Development, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Business Consulting firm. Pablo has spoken on AI and Ethics in Mexico, the US, and other countries, and appears regularly on TV and radio shows in México to discuss the relationship between art, religion, sustainable development, and technology. Pablo studied Business Engineering and Computer Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City.   

 

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 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 Shaping a Digital World, and A Christian Field Guide to Technology for Engineers and DesignersDerek holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University.

Marcus Schwarting

Is a PhD candidate in computer science at the University of Chicago, where his research focuses on applying deep learning to important challenges in computational chemistry, materials science, and spectroscopy. Marcus graduated from the University of Louisville in 2018 with degrees in mathematics and chemical engineering. After working for four years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, Marcus began his PhD studies in 2020 under Drs. Ian Foster and Eric Jonas. 

 

 

Trish Shaw

Is the Founder of Beyond Reach, a tech ethics consultancy in the UK that provides advice on AI and data ethics policy and government/regulatory affairs, designs AI and data ethics governance frameworks for corporations and other organizations, and curates experts for Ethics Advisory Boards, Panels and Committees.  Trish created and coordinates the Homo Responsibilis Network of Christian AI professionals across the EU. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from East Anglia University and a Masters of Laws degree from the University of Trier. 

Ann Skeet

Is the Senior Director for Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.  Her work focuses on the ethical dilemmas of leaders and followers, the ethical challenges of governance and the ways executives can shape and reinforce organizational cultures that encourage ethics. She is a member of the steering committee for the Responsible Use of Technology at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution and the Partnership on AI’s Labor and the Economy working group.  Ann holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. 

 

John Slattery

Is Directing Fellow for the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University, an interdisciplinary center that explores the intersections between ethics and science, technology, and law from a Catholic faith-based perspective.  He is also a Senior Program Associate with the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  John holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Saint Paul School of Theology, an interdisciplinary PhD in the history and philosophy of science and systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Georgetown University. 

Douglas M. Strong, PhD

Is Professor of the History of Christianity at Seattle Pacific University and the former Dean of SPU’s School of Theology, where he studies American religious history. 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. Doug holds a master’s in divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.

S. Joshua Swamidass, MD PhD

Is a scientist, physician, and associate professor of laboratory and genomic medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He leads a research group that uses artificial intelligence to explore science at the intersection of medicine, biology, and chemistry, and is the founder of Peaceful Science. Josh holds an M.D. from the University of California Irvine Medical School and a Ph.D in Computer Science, also from UC-Irvine. 

Marsie Sweetland

Is a Client Executive with Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company where she works with some of Equinix’s largest global cloud customers. Marsie is also the founder of Equinix FaithConnect which is open to all faiths, non-faiths, and worldviews with a mission to inspire a culture of learning and respect in the workplace.

Paul Taylor

Is a teaching pastor and elder at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California. Paul has long explored the intersection of technology and theology through blogging and podcasting, growing out of his work at Oracle Corporation as a Senior Product Manager designing software solutions before entering the ministry. 

Jason Thacker

Is the Chair of Research in Technology Ethics and Creative Director at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  He is the author of several books on human dignity, ethics, technology, and artificial intelligence and is the host of the Digital Public Square PodcastJason is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and Southern Seminary where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Theology. 

Curt Thompson

Is a board-certified psychiatrist and the founder of Being Known, an organization that develops resources for hope and healing at the intersection of neuroscience and Christian spiritual formation. He is the author of The Soul of Shame, The Soul of Desire, and Anatomy of the Soul in which he weaves together an understanding of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) and a Christian view of what it means to be human to provide insights about how the brain affects and processes relationship.

Revd Dr Richard Turnbull, Ph.D., CA

Is the Director of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics at Oxford (CEME). Previously, he was Principal of Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, and a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. Richard holds a first-class honours degree in Theology and PhD in Theology from the University of Durham, and is ordained in the ministry of the Church of England.

Ingrid Vanderveldt

Is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vanderveldt Global Investments, EBW (Empowering a Billion Women) Worldwide and Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC.  Ingrid, known as “iV”, is an advisor, change agent and business innovation strategist focused on entrepreneurship, women’s leadership & innovation. EBW’s mission is to educate, inspire, develop, and work with visionary leaders seeking peak performance, helping clients connect, activate and do business with impact-focused, wealth-building women leaders & entrepreneurs.  Previously, Ingrid was the first Entrepreneur in Residence for Dell Inc. (2011-2014).

Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Is the senior rabbi of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the Pacific Northwest’s largest and oldest synagogue, in Seattle and Bellevue, WA. He is a pioneer in video worship, an author and columnist for Seattle newspapers, and leads the worship rock band at TDS.

Tim Weinhold

Most recently served as Executive Editor for the Eventide Center for Faith and Investing in Boston where he was responsible for content creation and editorial oversight.  Tim was the Founding Editor of AI and Faith’s Newsletter and a former Director.  He is also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics.

James Wellman, Ph.D

Is the Chair of the Comparative Religion Program at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, where he also heads the Initiative for Global Christian Studies.  Jim’s areas of expertise are in American religious culture, history, and politics. He also works on and teaches in religion and global issues, particularly related to religious violence, human security and US foreign policy.  Jim holds a Masters of Divinity degree in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in Religion and Human Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Emily Wenger

Is a PhD candidate in computer science at the University of Chicago, where her research focuses on machine learning and privacy, specifically the limitations, vulnerabilities, and privacy implications of neural networks. After graduating from Wheaton College in 2016 with a degree in mathematics and physics, Emily worked for two years as a mathematician at the US Department of Defense before beginning her PhD studies in 2018. 

Katie Williamson

Is an MBA candidate in the pioneering MBAI track at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, after working as a senior associate consultant with Bain & Company.  Katie’s interest in artificial intelligence and AI&F’s mission grows out of a desire to help companies across industries grapple with the impact that the technologies they’re adopting can have on the humans that interact with them – both positive and perhaps unintentionally negative.  Katie earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. 

 

Catherine Wood

Is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of hedge fund ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”), which focuses on 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 founded ARK after 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation to focus solely on disruptive innovations.  

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