Workshop :
AI4Belgium Ethics & Law : Kick-off AI Ethics Assessement Tool Project

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About the Event

15h00-17h00 (GMT+1)
17th March


This is the first plenary meeting of a project to develop a Trustworthy AI Assessment Tool for Public Services, Health and HR. In July 2020, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI published the “Trustworthy AI Assessment List” as part of its Ethics Guidelines. Based on its members’ feedback, AI4Belgium decided to optimize this list and make it more concrete, domain-specific and practical for use in the Belgian context, so that Belgian organizations can enhance their AI systems’ trustworthiness.

The list will be integrated in a practical online tool that organizations active in AI can use. As a first step the tool will be tailored to 3 domains: Public services, Health and HR.  By participating in this meeting you will join the discussion that will focus on three questions: 1) How can the Assessment Tool be of most value to you? 2) Where do you see the main pitfalls? 3) How do you see it working in practice?


15:04 : OPENING KEYNOTE by Secretary of State Mathieu Michel
15:34 : ROADMAP TOWARDS A PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT TOOL + introducing the experts - Ms Nathalie Smuha

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Monsieur Le Secrétaire d'Etat Mathieu Michel

Federal Secretary of State for Digitalization, in charge of Administrative Simplification and Privacy Protection

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Nathalie Smuha

Nathalie is a researcher at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, where she examines legal and ethical questions around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Her research focuses particularly on the impact of AI on human rights and societal values. Nathalie regularly advises international organizations on AI-related policy matters. She is involved in the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) as an independent expert, and a member of the OECD’s Network of Experts on AI (ONE AI).

She also worked at the European Commission (DG Connect) where she coordinated the work of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and contributed to EU policy-making on AI. Nathalie is a qualified attorney at the New York Bar, and previously worked as a lawyer in an international law firm. She holds degrees in Law and Philosophy from the KU Leuven, and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago School of Law. 


Jelle Hoedemaekers

Jelle works and an expert ICT standardisation at Agoria, where he mainly focusses around standardization and regulation for new technologies like Artificial Intelligence. Within AI4Belgium he is the co-lead for the working group on Ethics & Law, which focusses on bringing AI ethical and legal implications towards the Belgian eco-system.

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Nathanael Ackerman

Nathanaël Ackerman is the current lead of the AI4Belgium coalition. He is “AI & Innovation expert” at the Federal Public Service Policy and Support (BoSa). Nathanaël has had a mixed public-private career: from research & teaching AI @ Université Libre de Bruxelles, to entrepreneurship. He was involved in the technology transfer @ULB for several years. In 2012, he was appointed as Director for Innovation and International Relations @Brussels Enterprise Agency (now

He created his own consultancy company and developed several data & ai business units in different companies. More recently, Nathanael has been appointed as Advisor for Innovation and AI (to Secretary of State Axelle Lemaire) for the French Government. He leaded the #France IA  strategic plan. And then co-founded and managed the Hub France Artificielle for 2 years, before coming back to Belgium, his native country, to do quite the same job : contribute to the national AI strategy, and implement it with the ecosystem. Nathanael is both graduated from Polytechnic School of Brussels, and Ecole Centrale Paris.


Christine Copers

Christine Copers is Innovation Manager in the DG Digital Transformation of the FPS BoSa (Policy & Support), one of the core partners of AI4Belgium. The DG Digital Transformation supports the government and federal organisations with their digitalisation projects. The DG advises, initiates projects on new technologies and develops transversal services and platforms in co-creation and co-sourcing with its clients.

It positions itself as a competence centre when it comes to new technologies (bots, blockchain, AI, …) and innovative public sector service delivery and focusses strongly on human or citizen centric design when doing so. Christine focusses on open innovation, has set up a number of innovation labs with different partners, is an open data evangelist and technology geek. Before joining the federal administration she worked in the media sector for over 30 years in different positions and for different publishers.


Dr Giovanni Briganti

Giovanni Briganti is a young medical doctor in psychiatry at the Université libre de Bruxelles, PhD from the University of Mons, and researcher in the field of Bayesian artificial intelligence for the investigation of mental disorders at Harvard University. He co-leads the AI4Health working group within the AI4Belgium initiative


Dr Carl Morch

Carl is co-manager of FARI – AI, Data and Robotics for the Common Good, a research institute created by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrijet Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Algora Lab (University of Montreal, Mila) in 2021, with the support of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA).

He is specialized in the responsible use of technologies, in particular in healthcare. He works on the ethical issues and social impact of AI and “Big Data”. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM). 


Laurent Ledoux

Laurent Ledoux is founder, partner and Chairman of the Board of Phusis, a team of experienced managers specializing in collaborative governance. Laurent Ledoux has a varied experience in the private and the public sector and specialized in modernizing business units and administrations.

He was previously Interim CEO for EurActiv; President of the Belgian Ministry for Mobility & Transports; Head of the Public Banking department and a member of the Executive Committee of Corporate & Public Banking for BNP Paribas Fortis; Chief of Staff of a Minister; Director for Personal & Administration of the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs; Partner for Arthur D. Little; Restructuration Project Manager for the European Commission; Merger & Acquisitions officer for ING and HR Director in Mozambique for Médecins Sans Frontières. He holds a Master in Economics from the Universities of Namur, Bologna & Madrid and a Post-graduate in Business Administration from Solvay (Belgium). He lectures on Business Ethics, CSR and Leadership in various universities.

He speaks fluently 7 languages. He is also director, on a voluntary basis, of PhiloMa, of Face2faith, one of the founding members of Teach For Belgium and member of the boards of various associations (including AI4Belgium “Future of Work”) and social businesses.


Dr Rob Heymans

Rob Heyman is coordinator of the Knowledge Centre Data and Society which is part of the Flemish strategic plan on AI. He is a senior researcher at imec-SMIT where he researches participative methods in innovation projects between different stakeholders (legal, civil society, end-users) so that societal, legal and ethical values are integrated during development

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Prof Yves Poullet

Eméritus Professor at the University of Namur (1982-2017), Honorary rector (2010-2017) Founder of the CRIDS (1979) (; Co-chairman of the Namur Digital Institute (NADI): interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the digital society ( Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Lille ( (2017);Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium (2009);Member of the ‘Chambre contentieuse’ of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (2018)

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