We are AI for Good

Meet the team of darers and doers that are challenging the way the world thinks of AI.

Core Team

James Hodson

CEO & Member of the Board of Directors

James is the AI for Good Foundation’s Co-founder and CEO, who has previously spearheaded Artificial Intelligence initiatives at a number of global firms, and has built successful (and sustainable) for-profit ventures in a variety of industries.

Tia Christopher

VP Operations

Tia joined AI for Good in 2020 as VP of Operations. She has a background in non-profit policy and management and most recently worked as an independent fund development and strategic growth consultant.

Blaz Novak

VP of Engineering

Blaz holds a Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence from the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, and has more than two decades of experience implementing real-world, peta-scale systems across a broad variety of domains.

Ruchir Sachdev

VP Marketing

Ruchir has worked as Creative Director and Brand Consultant with leading global advertising agencies in Europe and Asia across clients such as Lexus, HSBC, P&G, Adidas, and Pernod Ricard.

Courtney Perales Reyes

Courtney Perales Reyes

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Courtney received her BA from Princeton University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in global sustainability initiatives and American immigration and crime policy reform.

Lindsey Asis

Program Coordinator

Lindsey is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, double-majoring in Government and Sustainability Studies with a minor in Iberian Studies. Lindsey has worked in the non-profit sector, on city and congressional campaigns, and in state-level government.

Ifejesu Ogunleye

Ifejesu Ogunleye

Sustainable Development Policy Fellow

Ifejesu is a graduate student of Development Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she worked as an attorney advising clients on regulatory compliance.

Board Members

Rayid Ghani

Member of the Board of Directors

Rayid is a Distinguished Career Professor in the Machine Learning Department and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is focused on increasing the use of large-scale AI, Machine Learning and Data Sciences in equitably solving public policy and social challenges.

Marko Grobelnik

Board Observer

Marko works as a researcher in AI Lab at Jozef Stefan Institute. Marko is the Slovenia’s digital champion at European Commission and part of the OECD AI expert group.

James Hodson

CEO & Member of the Board of Directors

James is the AI for Good Foundation’s Co-founder and CEO, who has previously spearheaded Artificial Intelligence initiatives at a number of global firms, and has built successful (and sustainable) for-profit ventures in a variety of industries.

Abe Hsuan

Board Observer

Abe is the co-founder and partner of Irwin & Hsuan LLP with clients on four continents. He has co-founded and helmed a funded startup that developed AI natural language processing tools for top NY-based news organizations.

Claudia Perlich

Member of the Board of Directors

Claudia served as a chief scientist at Two Sigma, where she was responsible for the reliable estimation of targeting models and the supervision of a real-time scoring engine that identified the target segments of browsers. Since 2011, Claudia has worked as an adjunct professor teaching Data Mining in the M.B.A. program at the New York University Stern School of Business.

Achim Rettinger

Member of the Board of Directors

Achim studied Computer Science at Universität Koblenz, the Artificial Intelligence Center at University of Georgia, and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute at University of Alberta. Since 2019, Achim Rettinger has been a full professor at Trier University, where he started the research group on Knowledge Representation Learning.

Michael Witbrock

Chairman & Member of the Board of Directors

Michael is one of the founders of AI for Good Foundation and currently serves as both Board Chairman and Scientific Director. Michael is a Professor at University of Aukland, New Zealand and previously the head of IBM’s Research and AI Reasoning Group.

 

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