FPA LIVE: How are Governments Encouraging Competitiveness in Artificial Intelligence?

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George Washington University

Event Details

Thursday, May 21, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association and George Washington University's Data Governance Hub for a panel discussion on how governments are encouraging competitiveness in artificial intelligence.  The panel will be live on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21st.  

Some 32 governments have developed plans, incentives, and policies to stimulate national AI research and adoption. But there is no one-size-fits-all  AI roadmap. While many governments  aim to create an effective enabling and regulatory environment for AI, policymakers have different visions for their respective national AI futures. In this webinar, we’ll examine what a range of nations -- including the US, Canada and the UK -- are doing and what they could be doing. We will hear from three experts with different vantage points.


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Event Speakers

    • Dr. Melissa Flagg - Panelist
      Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology

      Dr. Melissa Flagg is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) and an Adjunct professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. Previously she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, responsible for policy and oversight Defense Department science and technology programs including basic research through advanced technology development and the DoD laboratory enterprise.

      Prior to that she worked in a range of public and private sector roles including the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Naval Research, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Army Research Laboratory. She also ran her own consulting business, Flagg Consulting Services LLC, and served as the Chief Technology Officer for Pocket Tea LLC.

      Melissa has served on numerous boards including the National Academy of Sciences Air Force Studies Board and the Department of Commerce Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee; she is on the Board of Humanity 2050 and a full trustee with the DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a B.S. in Pharmacy.

    • Reema Patel - Panelist
      Head of Public Engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute

      Reema is Head of Public Engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent organisation seeking to ensure that data & AI work for people and society. She leads the organisation's public attitudes and public deliberation research, and was a member of its founding team.


      Reema has just over a decade's experience in public policy, and has led various citizen engagement initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Citizens’ Economic Council, which successfully worked with and influenced the Bank of England’s public engagement strategy. She is Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, a non profit working to create a more democratic, responsible and fair economy.


      She has consulted for a variety of international organisations, including the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Nextdoor.com, San Francisco based technology social media start-up. She is a fellow of the RSA, founding trustee of a community run library, and a local councillor.


    • Niraj Bhargava - Speaker
      CEO and Co-Founder

      Niraj has thirty years of technology, business creation and leadership experience and holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Ivey School of Business. As well as experience as a university professor and Dean, he has successively been CEO, founder and leader of technology companies focused on energy demand for the smart grid and deep neural network technology for high-accuracy voice recognition. At NuEnergy.ai Niraj leads a team of expert associates who work with clients in defining ethical and cutting-edge ai-enabled solutions and with innovators in the creation, launch and scale up of new AI ventures.

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