We are AI for Good

Meet the team daring the way AI is conceived and applied.

Core Team

James Hodson

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.
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Tia Christopher

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.
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Blaz Novak

Blaz Novak

VP 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.
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Lindsey Asis

Lindsey Asis

Senior Project Manager
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.
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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.
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Eliot Frazier

Eliot Frazier

Head of AI Infrastructure
From his work as a senior research scientist at Cognism, Eliot has a wealth of experience building complex NLP and Network-based models. Prior to beginning a career in AI, Eliot's route through academia specialized in computational astrophysics
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Tenzin Migmar

ML Research and Sustainable AI Policy Intern
Tenzin is an innovator and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. Previously, she's worked on projects such as ecosystem preservation using satellite imagery, air quality monitoring with data visualization, building out a framework proposal for improving internet access in rural communities in Bihar, India and worked as an AI ethics research fellow. Tenzin is driven by a combination of excitement for the future, technology and impact on the world.
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Mario De Jesus

ML Research and Strategic Communications Intern
Mario studies computer science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has been programming since the age of 12 and has developed programs that have been used by businesses or sold to clients. Mario currently volunteers at a research lab that studies the soil microbiome to preserve soil and soil health. He strives to merge technology and agriculture to make food production environmentally sustainable and lower the cost for both the consumer and producer.
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Board Members

Rayid Ghani

Member of the Board of Directors
Rayid Ghani 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/Data Science in equitably solving public policy and social challenges.
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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.
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James Hodson

CEO & Member of the Board of Directors
James co-founded and serves as the CEO of the AI for Good Foundation. Previously, James directed AI research at Bloomberg in New York, leading a team of 20 in a rich cross-disciplinary research agenda.
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Abe Hsuan

Board Observer
Abe Hsuan 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.
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Claudia Perlich

Member of the Board of Directors
Claudia Perlich 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.
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Achim Rettinger

Member of the Board of Directors
Achim Rettinger 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.
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Michael Witbrock

Chairman & Member of the Board of Directors
Michael co-founded the AI for Good Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors. Michael is currently a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland.
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