Kevin was at IBM when the first personal computers were launched in the early 1980s and has enjoyed a long and successful career in technology companies and financial services. He has held senior roles in a wide range of businesses, particularly in the fintech space, and has led regulated brokerages. He now focuses on non-executive roles in fintech companies. Kevin firmly believes that the ‘E’ in ESG often overshadows the ‘S’ and ‘G’ and that there is little point in a company striving to be environmentally friendly if its reputation is being tarnished by poor ethics and governance.
Nathan is a final year student studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol. He spent last year studying in Germany, where he was able to work with leading academics examining the ongoing effects of the EU’s implementation of the GDPR. Nathan is interested in corporate governance and how business actors can implement ESG policies within their firms that will benefit the wider world.
Based in Frankfurt, Demetrios is the star of EthicGrade’s ‘Are You A Robot?’ podcast. He is an avid traveller who taught English as a second language so he could see the world. Demetrios was irresistibly drawn to machine learning and has created the largest community of engineers and machine learning practitioners on the internet. Having immersed himself in this world, he quickly saw the ethical challenges posed by machine learning.
Rupert is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years of experience within both large organisations and start-ups. Currently CEO and co-founder of The Disruption House, a specialist benchmarking and data analytics business, he plays an advisory role at EthicsGrade, strengthening the team’s entrepreneurial spirit. Rupert knows how expensive AI governance can be when you get it wrong, and, therefore, how important it is to get it right.
Kasia initially trained in physiotherapy but was drawn to front-end development. As well as playing a vital role in the research analyst team, she is an invaluable member of the tech team. As a health care professional, Kasia has seen a significant technology evolution in the health sector over the last few years. In particular, as a result of Covid-19, technology has become critical to health and wellbeing.
Michal for more than a decade was involved in e-commerce and developing his family’s furniture business. However, two years ago, he decided to change direction and learn to code, and he is a now a front-end developer for EthicsGrade. Michal disagrees with a business world that is solely focused on profit, and he believes technological progress must always be balanced with social needs and human rights.
Originally part of the research team, where he began rating companies last year, Will now provides wide-ranging support to the team, be it refining the business model, organising learning sessions or helping with other business development activities. He firmly believes ESG is the future and that companies that get it right will be sustainable while those that don’t will face huge reputational issues.
Richard has spent most of his working life helping business leaders develop values-centred work cultures – which on occasion proved a challenge. However, with the advent of ESG, he believes his work has finally found its home. Alongside Charles, Dick is the brainpower behind EthicsGrade. He recognises that effective and meaningful AI governance requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and his wide business experience means he is invaluable to the team.
Nam-ho is faculty at the University of Washington’s Information School and Senior Product Designer at Carina, a nonprofit platform that connects qualified caregivers with those seeking in-home care. He is also the principal of PLAIN Strategies, providing outcome-focused digital strategies for nonprofits and impact-driven organizations. Having lived and worked in London, Seoul, Hanoi, New York, Washington D.C. and presently in Seattle for the past 9 years, he draws his experience from a lifetime of learning and exploring how we relate to technology and harness it for good.
Luke is a final year student studying Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He is particularly interested in the human side of AI and new and emerging tech, asking questions like how can we sculpt a digital future where technologies alleviate existing socioeconomic inequalities and create new widespread opportunity? Recently Luke has focussed on the moral potential of Virtual Reality, as well as on the effect that technologies have on the way we communicate.
Charles read law at Cambridge but decided not pursue a legal career. Instead, his forte and passion lay elsewhere – as an entrepreneur – and he has three successful exits to his name. He has also held senior roles in the Royal Bank of Canada and Deutsche Bank, where he helped them to embrace innovation and emerging technology. Before co-founding EthicsGrade he was head of AI at Fidelity.
Charles’ concern for digital ethics began when he was running the data analytics firm BIPB (now Keyrus). In 2010 he launched the US operations and later became CEO. His background in legal philosophy gave him pause to consider the wider impact of his firm’s technology, and he has often been an outspoken critic of the technology industry over the past decade. He launched a blog called ‘dataPHILOSOPHER’ and has given keynote presentations on ethics and technology, particularly AI, in China, Japan, the United States, UAE and across Europe. He has delivered two TEDx presentations on AI and co-authored Stories from 2045 – insights on how AI may shape the future of work. Charles loves to support fellow entrepreneurs and since 2017 has been a visiting fellow at the University of Bristol where he helps quantum technology academics commercialise their research.
Jack is a student at New York University, where he will soon graduate with a Master’s degree in bioethics. He is interested in ethical theory, as well as the practical issues raised by technology. In his thesis, Jack will defend the rationality of extending one’s life through sci-fi processes such as “mind uploading”. At EthicsGrade, Jack brings his experience in philosophy and ethics to research and analyze companies’ AI governance.
Sam has been working in tech and data analytics for the last decade, latterly as part of the senior management team of a rapidly growing data analytics consultancy firm called Keyrus. growing data analytics consultancy. Alongside Charles, he is responsible for sales at EthicsGrade. Prior to his consulting days, Sam founded a SaaS company and was a member of the Level 39 start-up accelerator. Sam believes ESG allows businesses to consider their long-term responsibilities while catering for the investor community.
Josh is studying Mathematics at the University of Bristol and plays a vital role in building ‘Are You A Robot?’ podcast and Slack community. He hopes to see companies introduce roles such as 'Head of Ethics' so that they prioritise ethical issues, and he recognises the importance of consumers trusting AI systems.
Wei-Jie (William) is a Taiwanese student studying at the University of Bristol. He will graduate in September 2022 with a Master’s degree in public policy. In his dissertation, Wei-Jie is exploring people’s perceptions of government policies. With work experience in both Taiwan and the UK, he provides a different and insightful perspective of the EthicsGrade rating process.