Who Are We?

AI Policy Exchange is the brainchild of a small group of graduate students of the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. We are a group of driven individuals who firmly believe in the primacy of wide-ranging discourse as a mandatory precondition for crafting an effective and just policy framework.

Managing Editor To review, edit, and prepare articles for publication on AI Policy Exchange.

Raj Shekhar

Raj holds an integrated Bachelor’s degree in Law and Humanities from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (Lucknow), where he was the editor of the Law Review and the RMLNLU Journal on Communication, Media, Entertainment and Technology. During his time as an undergrad, Raj also founded The RMLNLU Law Review Blog, which was recently ranked by Feedspot as one of the top law blogs in the country. Raj’s editorial proclivities later motivated him to start JurisOpen Network Publishing, a scholarly publishing venture through which he hopes to build an open access knowledge repository service for people who cannot afford high-quality legal research facilities. Raj was smitten by the intellectual property bug during his stint as a research assistant under the MHRD-IPR Chair at Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) — Professor Feroz Ali Khader. Raj’s dissertation work at IPP explores the interface between intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence technologies.

rajshekhar@nls.ac.in | +918933870934 | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Media Editors To manage the outreach of AI Policy Exchange and work closely with authors who are commissioned by AI Policy Exchange to blog on topical issues concerning AI policy and governance. 

Antara Vats

Antara received her multidisciplinary education from Ambedkar University (Delhi) in Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. Her multidisciplinary lens has enabled her to explore the inter-relationships between machine learning and social learning. Through her stints at Chase India and The Dialogue, Antara has explored issues like regulation of non-personal data and gender-based violence in online spaces. Antara’s dissertation work at IPP involves studying the utilization of digitalized land records for planning smart cities in India. Professionally trained in theatre and painting, Antara hopes to bust the notion of gender binaries completely one day.

antaravats@nls.ac.in | +919650935671 | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Raghuvir Raghav Das

Raghav holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Delhi and a Master’s in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University (Delhi). Raghav is a technology enthusiast with a passion for the environment and renewable energy. He fervently believes in the power of artificial intelligence to model disruptive changes in materials science, energy, and climate change mitigation.

raghuvirdas@nls.ac.in | +918076953254 | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Technical and Policy Experts To make the editorial processes more robust, the editors at AI Policy Exchange receive constant support from an esteemed group of technical and policy experts whose specializations range from AI research and development to AI ethics.

Pranav Shyam, OpenAI, San Francisco

Pranav studied Computer Science at RV College of Engineering (Bangalore) where he worked extensively on machine learning and deep learning. During this time, he also interned at the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and published a paper at the International Conference of Machine Learning (ICML), arguably the most prestigious venue for publishing AI research. He then worked with Juergen Schmidhuber, the father of modern AI and his team at Nnaisense, Switzerland where he continued his research. Currently, he is a researcher at OpenAI, San Francisco.

T. Ramakrishna, MHRD-IPR Chair, NLSIU Bangalore

Dr. T. Ramakrishna is Professor of Intellectual Property Rights Law at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. He also holds the Intellectual Property Rights Chair of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development at NLSIU. He is also a member of various expert committees constituted by Indian Intellectual Property Office, National Biodiversity Authority, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, and Copyright Office.

Avik Sarkar, Visiting Professor, Data, Technology & Public Policy, Indian School of Business (Mohali)
Avik Sarkar, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarkar is Visiting Professor of Data, Technology & Public Policy at the Indian School of Business in Mohali (Punjab). Dr. Sarkar is the former Head of Data Analytics Cell at NITI Aayog and was named as one amongst the Top 10 Data Scientists in India by Analytics India magazine in 2017. In the past, Dr. Sarkar has advised various government committees like the Bureau of Indian Standards for setting standards for Artificial Intelligence, the Analytics Advisory Committee for setting up Government e-Marketplace (GeM), and the Technical Advisory Committee of Census 2021.

Thieß Petersen, Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh) and Lecturer, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder)

At Bertelsmann Stiftung, Dr. Petersen studies macro-economic trends as a senior advisor with the project Global Economic Dynamics. Thieß is also lecturer at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), where he teaches micro and macro economics. At AI Policy Exchange, Thieß looks at disruptions in micro and macro economic trends that are induced by burgeoning AI technologies.

Arpan Kar, Associate Professor, Information Systems, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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Prof. Arpan Kar is Associate Professor of Information Systems at Department of Management Studies at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He is also working with the Centre of Excellence on Artificial Intelligence at IIT, Delhi.

Sebastien A. Krier, Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (London), AI Policy/Ethics Expert

Sébastien A. Krier is a lawyer and an AI policy and ethics expert who previously advised the Office for Artificial Intelligence, a government joint-unit responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of the United Kingdom’s AI strategy. He now helps public and private organizations design strategies/policies that maximize the benefits of AI, while minimizing potential costs and risks. Séb has also represented the UK at various panels and multilateral organizations such as the D9, the EU Commission, and the OECD. He is also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Management from University College London.

Ivana Bartoletti, Technical Director, Privacy at Deloitte and Co-founder of Women Leading in AI

In her day job, Ivana helps businesses in their privacy by design programmes, especially in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology. Ivana was awarded Woman of the Year (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition of her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI. She is a sought after commentator for the BBC, Sky and other major broadcasters and news outlets (Guardian, Telegraph) on headline stories where the tech economy intersects with privacy and data law and politics. Ivana launched the Women Leading in AI network in May 2018, a thriving international group of scientists, industry leaders and policy experts advocating for responsible AI. Their 2018 report made waves among tech leaders, international institutions and the media, who backed many of its recommendations. Ivana is also Co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book, their first major publication focused on how AI is reshaping financial services. Ivana’s first book, An Artificial Revolution: On Power, Politics and AI, focuses on how technology is reshaping the world, and the global geopolitical forces underpinning this process. As countries respond to the COVID crisis, the book demonstrates how important it is to ensure we do not sleepwalk into techno-solutionism, algorithms replacing policy and computing replacing the law.

Agita Pasaribu, Founder bully.id and Member, Global Youth Working Group on Digital Health SDG 3.4

Agita is the founder bully.id, a future AI app that combines psychology & law principles with AI analysis to proactively identify cyberbullying. Agita has been working closely with the UN IGF, WHO and ITU to contribute and advice on how AI can be utilized to see early detection of mental health illness and reduce the number of cyberbullying cases and revenge porn online. She has led the Youth Internet Governance Forum Global Movement in over 35 countries as well as Safer Internet Day implementation in 11 countries. As part of the WHO SDG 3.4 Global Youth Working Group and Youth Observatory at Internet Society, Agita’s biggest interests lie in utilizing technology to solve deep social issues worldwide and benefiting the most vulnerable in society. Agita is a TEDx Speaker and a Fred. J. Hansen Fellow. Agita received her LL.B (Criminal Law) from the University of Indonesia and M.A in International Relations-ASEAN Studies focusing on open data policy, open government partnership, and cyberspace in Southeast Asia from University of Malaya.

Renée Cummings, Founder & CEO, Urban AI, LLC and East Coast Lead, Women in AI Ethics (WAIE)

Renée Cummings is a criminologist and a highly respected AI ethicist. She’s also a community scholar at Columbia University and just executed a groundbreaking move as part of a team of global AI ethicists who developed the first examination to certify data scientists as Ethical Emerging Technologists. Advocating for more diverse, equitable and inclusive AI, she’s on the frontline of ethical AI, generating real time responses to many of the unintentional consequences of AI. Renée, the East Coast Lead for Women in AI Ethics, also specializes in AI for social good, justice-oriented AI design, social justice in AI policy and governance, and using AI to save lives. Renée is also committed to using AI to empower and transform communities; helping governments and organizations navigate the AI landscape and develop future AI leaders.

Diogo Duarte, Legal Consultant and Researcher, Data Protection

Diogo Duarte is a consultant in Data Protection with SMEs and local public authorities. He holds a degree in Law and a Master’s in International Law and International Relations from the University of Lisbon. From the start, his interest in Law was closely connected to Human Rights, so that was his specialization. After several years working with administrative and public procurement law, Diogo found his vocation in Data Protection related to the application of new technology. He specializes in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He has explored topics such as blockchain and cybersecurity, and is currently working on the use of AI to process biometric data. Diogo also collaborates occasionally with several entities, such as the Swiss Cybersecurity Association, the Cyberlaw Research Centre of the University of Lisbon School of Law, and the Portuguese Human Rights Observatory, to name a few. He is also the co-founder of Privacidade XXI, a podcast that focus on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. 

Merve Hickock, Founder, aiEthicist.org

Merve Hickok is the founder of aiEthicist.org and Lighthouse Career Consulting. She has over 15 years of senior level experience in Fortune 100 companies (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Marriott Corporation), working on diversity recruitment & empowerment, sales, HR Tech and privacy, and numerous projects spanning 20+ countries. Merve currently works at a Nevada-based social enterprise (High Sierra Industries) focused on learning systems for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is also a member of the board of directors for Northern Nevada International Center (University of Nevada-Reno) and Management Committee member for Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter. She volunteers for a number of organizations working on community empowerment and AI literacy. Merve’s current work through lectures, speaking engagements and her website on AI & ethics and bias is focused on elevating the conversation and increasing the public knowledge on the impact of AI and automated decision-making systems in our lives and working for oversight, transparency or accountability.

Chhavi Chauhan, Ethics Advisor, Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Washington, D.C.

Chhavi Chauhan is Ethics Advisor at the Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (AAIH). She also serves on the Technology and Standards Development Committee (TSDC) and the Federal Engagement and Regulatory Affairs Committee (FERAC) for the AAIH. Chhavi is a trained molecular biologist/biotechnologist who transitioned into scholarly publishing. Chhavi currently works at the American Society for Investigative Pathology as Director of Scientific Outreach, where she is spearheading several strategic initiatives focusing on membership engagement and education, membership expansion, establishment of multi-society alliances through mutual collaboration, and expansion of the readership base for the ASIP flagship Journal, The American Journal of Pathology, to continue disseminating timely science to the scientific community. She is also Director of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program for The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

Felipe Castro Quiles, C0-Founder & CEO, Emerging Rule and GENIA Latinoamérica

Felipe Castro Quiles is a deep tech entrepreneur and Co-founder & CEO at Emerging Rule, an edtech public benefit corporation researching and developing AI for digital education. He is also the co-founder & CEO at GENIA Latinoamérica, an organization harnessing the power of machine learning to connect Latin America to a regional matrix of AI R&D. Felipe holds specializations in deep learning and virtual teaching, is Fellow at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, Member at NVIDIA AI Inception, and currently serves in the Forbes Artificial Intelligence Executive Advisory Board and the Virtual Educa Connect Advisory Board.

Prateek Sibal, AI and Public Policy Consultant, UNESCO

Prateek Sibal is a technology policy researcher with interest in transnational governance of artificial intelligence (AI), and ethics of ICTs. He studies the impact of digital technologies, especially AI, on societies from a human rights, openness, inclusive access and multistakeholder governance perspective. He has co-authored UNESCO’s global report, ‘Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies’. His work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) spans research, advocacy for human-centered AI, policy advice and development of human and institutional capacity building programmes for the governance of AI. Prateek holds a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po, Paris. In the past, he has worked for a Member of Parliament in India, consulted for the City Government of Vancouver, REN21, Paris and founded a multilingual education start-up that published a book in Madia Gond. His writings have been published in natural and social science journals and have appeared on media platforms including The Economic and Political Weekly, The Wire, HuffPost, Business Standard and The Quint.