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Merve Hickok is the founder of She is a globally renowned expert on AI policy, ethics and governance. Her contributions and perspective have featured in The New York Times, Guardian, CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Politico, Protocol, Vox, The Economist and S&P. Her research, training and consulting work focuses on impact of AI systems on individuals, society, public and private organizations - with a particular focus on fundamental rights, democratic values, and social justice. She provides consultancy to C-suite leaders, and training services to public and private organizations on Responsible AI development, due diligence and governance.

Merve is the President and Research Director at Center for AI & Digital Policy, deeply engaged in global AI policy and regulatory work. The Center educates AI policy practitioners and advocates across 80+ countries, advises international organizations (such as European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, OECD). She has provided testimony to the US Congress, State of California Civil Rights Office, New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, Detroit City Council, and many global organizations interested in AI policy and ethics. 


At University of Michigan, she is a lecturer at School of Information, the Responsible Data and AI Advisor at Michigan Institute for Data Science, and an affiliated faculty at Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program).

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, as Runner-up for Responsible AI Leader of the Year - 2022 (Women in AI) as Finalist for Lifetime Achievement Award - Women in AI of the Year - 2023.

Previously, Merve held various senior roles in Fortune 100 companies for more than 15 years.




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.



Center for AI and Digital Policy

Springer Nature: AI & Ethics journal

Springer Nature: AI & Society journal


Journal of Leadership, Accountability & Ethics



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

The New York Times (editorial): Regulating A.I.: The U.S. Needs to Act

The Economist (editorial): In response to ""How to worry wisely about artificial intelligence"

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

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


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




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