About Us

Chartered in 2016, the AI for Good Foundation fosters activities to maximize the benefit of AI technologies for social good through the lens of global sustainable development. Our approach includes (a) organizing events that encourage engagement between researchers, practitioners, companies, educators, students, and policy-makers as well as public access to knowledge; and (b) supporting better, more transparent, open research on topics of global importance to help Artificial Intelligence researchers understand how their work might lead to a better future for all. Find out more about what we do and how, or get in touch!


Board of Directors

James Hodson

CEO, James Hodson. James co-founded and serves as the CEO of the AI for Good Foundation. James sees immense promise in a future where AI facilitates and democratizes our global society. He believes that empirically driven policy, along with strong scientific method in the research arena, will ensure equal access to the benefits of increasingly intelligent systems. Previously, James directed AI research at Bloomberg in New York, leading a team of 20 in a rich cross-disciplinary research agenda. He created several high profile events for the AI, data science, non-profit, and policy communities such as the KDD Data Mining for Social Good Conference in August of 2014. James is married to Anastassia Fedyk, an innovative Behavioral Economist and Finance researcher at Harvard University.

Gary Marcus

Director, Gary Marcus. Gary co-founded the AI for Good Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors. Gary, a scientist, bestselling author, and entrepreneur, is Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU and CEO and Co-Founder of Geometric Intelligence, Inc, recently acquired by Uber Technologies as the Uber AI Lab. His research on language, computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive development has been published widely, in leading journals such as Science and Nature. He is also the author of four books including The Algebraic Mind, Kluge:The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, and The New York Times Bestseller, Guitar Zero, and contributes frequently to the The New Yorker and The New York Times. His efforts to update the Turing Test have spurred a worldwide movement.

Stefano Pacifico

Director, Stefano Pacifico. Stefano co-founded the AI for Good Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors. Stefano is a senior Artificial Intelligence researcher at Elemental Cognition, with Bridgewater Associates. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and social good. He is an expert in building and managing large-scale artificial intelligence knowledge systems, exploiting the most recent advances in academic research, and transforming them into products for actionable intelligence. Stefano’s scholarly research focuses on the application of Information Extraction Techniques for the understanding of text, structuring of information and general inference problems. In particular, looking at Natural Language Processing for text mining, Named Entity Disambiguation, Semantic Annotation, and the use of open semantic resources.

Michael Witbrock

Chairman, Michael Witbrock. Michael co-founded the AI for Good Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors. Michael received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently is a Distinguished Research Staff Member in the Cognitive Technologies group at IBM. Michael was Vice President for Research at Cycorp, and CEO at Cycorp Europe, where he led research in automated knowledge acquisition from text and dialogue, automated reasoning, and intelligent human-computer interaction. Prior to that he was Principal Scientist at Terra Lycos, a research scientist at Just Systems Pittsburgh Research Center, and a systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon on the Informedia spoken and video document information retrieval project.

Special Advisors

Zara Mkrtumyan

Legal Consultant, Zaruhi Mkrtumyan. Zaruhi serves as in-house Legal Consultant for the AI for Good Foundation. Zaruhi received her LL.B. degree in 2010 and LL.M. in Business Law in 2012, both from Yerevan State University in Armenia. She completed a LL.M. in American Law at Boston University School of Law in 2016. Her professional experience includes a clerkship at a Civil Court of Appeals, a position as an in-house lawyer in “Erku Erjak” LLC, and an internship with the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative District. Zaruhi also volunteered in the Legal Clinic of Law Faculty in Armenia, giving legal advice to those unable to make payments.

Advisor, Charlotte Stanton. Charlotte’s driven to bridge cutting-edge technology, policy, and sustainability to improve lives. She’s a global project manager and communications expert with a Masters from the University of Cape Town in international relations, a PhD from Stanford that’s interdisciplinary, and over a decade of professional experience working with and within technology groups, governments, think tanks, regulators, and non-profits across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotteystanton/
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