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Merve Hickok is the founder of  AIethicist.org  and Lighthouse Career Consulting.

She is a researcher, trainer, and consultant working on AI ethics, policy and regulation. She focuses on AI bias, impact of AI systems on fundamental rights, democratic values, and social justice. She provides consultancy and training services to private & public organizations on Responsible AI - ethical and responsible development, use and governance of AI.

Merve is a Data Ethics Lecturer at University of Michigan. She is also Research Director at Center for AI & Digital Policy. The Center educates AI policy practitioners and advocates across ~60 countries and leads a research group which advises international organizations (such as European Commission, UNESCO, Council of Europe, etc) on AI policy and regulatory developments.

 

Merve also works with several non-profit organizations globally to advance both the academic and professional research in this field for underrepresented groups. She has been recognized by a number of organizations - most recently as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ – 2021, and as Runner-up for Responsible AI Leader of the Year - 2022 (Women in AI).

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Merve was previously a VP at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and held senior roles varying from Country HR Manager to International Lead on recruitment technologies, benchmarking, and diversity recruitment across 27 countries. She is also a Senior Certified Professional by SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) and Career Coach certified by Neuroleadership Institute.

CURRENT AI-FOCUSED WORK:

 

She is a member of the board of directors for Northern Nevada International Center (University of Nevada-Reno). NNIC serves as Northern Nevada's refugee resettlement agency to help displaced persons and victims of human trafficking, as well as organizing programs for international delegations through the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies. It is among the top organizations in the United States hosting over a dozen U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs large exchange programs.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTING, TRAINING, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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TRAINING provided as:

  • Ready-made modules or Customized training

  • In-person, virtual or self-paced training

  • Tailored for different levels across the organization:

    • C-suite & Board of Directors

    • Development & Implementation teams

    • Procurement teams

  • Training/support programs for individuals, teams, and external partners (workforce capacity building / RAI literacy)

CONSULTING / ADVISORY / COACHING

  • AI Policy and Regulation Landscape

  • Responsible AI (RAI) Governance Strategy Roadmap

  • RAI Assurance

  • RAI Product Development / Red Teaming

  • AI Procurement Due Diligence

  • Automated Employment Decision Tools

RESPONSIBLE AI & AI ETHICS TRAINING:

  • Responsible AI for Leaders

  • Responsible AI for Public Sector

  • Deep Dive into AI Ethics Principles, Fundamental Rights, Social Justice

  • AI & Data Bias. How to Mitigate Bias?

 

  • Explainable AI (XAI)

  • AI & Disability

  • Responsible AI for Human Resources (HR)

  • Bias in Facial Recognition, Object Recognition, Natural Language Processing Systems, Sentiment Analysis

 

  • Surveillance Systems & Fundamental Rights

PUBLICATIONS

CONTRIBUTIONS & COLLABORATIONS

Center for AI and Digital Policy

Springer Nature: AI & Ethics journal

Springer Nature: AI & Society journal

 

Journal of Leadership, Accountability & Ethics

SocArXiv

 

Transatlantic Policy Quarterly: The State of AI Policy: The Democratic Values Perspective

Council on Foreign Relations: AI and Democratic Values: Next Steps for the United States

Techonomy: Can the U.S. and Europe agree on rules for AI?

Verfassungsblog: The Council of Europe Creates a Black Box for AI Policy

Medium

United Nations

International Organization for Migration

Oxford Insights

NYU Center on International Cooperation

University of Buckingham - Institute for Ethical AI in Education

All Tech is Human

Public Comments to Legislation

MEDIA COVERAGE

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

CONFERENCES, WEBINARS, PODCASTS

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