Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Global Lead, Responsible AI, Accenture Applied Intelligence
President, Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés
Commissioner, Data Protection Commission
German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
European Commissioner for Competition
Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She holds degrees in quantitative social science and has been a practicing data scientist and AI developer since 2013.
Chowdhury is currently the global lead for responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, where she works with C-suite clients to create cutting-edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI.
Chowdhury has been featured in international media, including the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, BBC, Axios, Fast Company, Quartz, Corrierre Della Serra, Optio, Australian Broadcasting Channel and Nikkei Business Times.
She was named one of BBC’s 100 Women for 2017, recognised as one of the Bay Area’s top 40 under 40, and honoured to be inducted to the British Royal Society of the Arts (RSA).
Chowdhury serves as co-chair of the RSA’s Citizen AI Jury and actively participates in IEEE standards committees, the Partnership on AI, as an advisor to the UK House of Lords Parliamentary group on AI, and other global AI and ethics organisations.
Chowdhury also serves on the Board and as advisor for multiple AI start-ups and funds and as an AI mentor for Katapult Accelerator, an impact tech accelerator in Oslo, Norway. Education is a passion of hers, so she is creating a refugee train-to-work programme in coordination with the UN World Food Programme's Tech for Food initiative.
She is also the founder of Allai, a language analysis tool that helps analyse the outcomes of team meetings. Allai has been used at the Wharton MBA Case Study competition.
Born 15 October 1967, Marie-Laure Denis graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) in 1988 and is a former student of the National Administration School (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Condorcet graduating class).
She held the positions of auditeur (1992 to 1995) and then of maître des requêtes (1998 to 2002) at the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat). Since 2017, she has been state counselor (Conseiller d’Etat), rapporteur of the 6th Chamber of the Litigation section and member of the reports and studies section.
Denis was deputy chief of staff to the mayor of Paris from 1996 to 1998; chief of staff to the deputy minister for family; and deputy chief of staff to the minister of health, family and persons with disabilities from 2002 to 2004.
She was a member of the French Audiovisual Regulator (Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel) from 2004 to 2016 and then a member of the French regulator for electronic communications and post (aAutorité de régulation des communication électroniques et des postes) from 2011 to 2016. Since 2017, she has been a member of the committee for the resolution of disputes and sanctions (Comité de règlement des différends et des sanctions) of the energy regulation commission (Commission de regulation de l’énergie).
Denis has been appointed president of the CNIL by decree of the president of the French Republic for a mandate of 5 years starting from 2 February 2019.
Helen Dixon, the Commissioner for Data Protection Ireland, was appointed in September 2014. Responsible for upholding the rights of individuals regarding how data about them is used, the role, among other things, requires regulation of a large number of U.S. internet multinationals with European bases in Ireland. Previously Irish registrar of companies, Dixon has also held senior roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation working on economic migration policy, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry. She holds postgraduate qualifications in European economic and public affairs, governance, computer science, official statistics for policy evaluation, and judicial skills and decision making. Dixon was delighted when she was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2014.
Ulrich Kelber was born in Bamberg on 29 March 1968. He is a professional computer scientist and married with five children.
From September 2000 to January 2019, Kelber was a member of the German Bundestag. He won a directly-elected seat in the Bonn constituency in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017.
During that time, from 2005 to 2013, he was the deputy chairman of the parliamentary group of the SPD in the Bundestag, responsible for the areas of the environment, nature conservation, nuclear safety, food, agriculture, consumer protection and sustainability.
Kelber was the parliamentary state secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection from 2013 to 2018.
Since January 2019, he is the federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information for Germany.
Margrethe Vestager is EU commissioner for competition. She previously served as minister for economic affairs and the interior (2011-2014) and minister for education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as president of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU presidency (2012). She was political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-2014), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-1995). Vestager holds an MSc in economics (University of Copenhagen).
Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is a senior policy counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. She obtained her PhD in law in 2013 from the University of Craiova with her thesis ‘The Rights of the Person With Regard to Personal Data Protection.’ In 2015, C. H. Beck published her book on the rights of the data subject, ‘Personal data protection. Rights of the data subject’. She obtained the first ever awarded Junior Scholar Award at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels, 2014, for a paper in which she deconstructs the right to be forgotten into its prerogatives and reveals that this particular right is present in EU data protection laws since the ’70s.
Zanfir-Fortuna worked for more than two years (March 2014-June 2016) for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels, both for ‘Supervision and Enforcement’ and ‘Policy and Consultation’ Units. Notably, she represented the EDPS in various subgroups of the Article 29 Working Party, being a member of the drafting team of WP29 that assessed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Gabriela worked on international data transfers, international relations, EU large scale IT-systems (particularly, the Schengen Information System), case-law overviews, and she was a member of the court team.