Workshop :
In pursuit of equitable and inclusive AI : How to ensure AI for all ?


About the event

13:45 -14:45 (GMT+1)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to deliver benefits in all domains. Yet the question can be asked: benefits for whom? AI is often used with the aim to take decisions more ‘objectively’, but it is inevitably shaped by the values and biases of its developers, deployers, users and society.

It is by now well known that AI can manifest different types of bias. Regulators are thus examining if new regulation is needed to ensure AI is equitable and inclusive, without unjust discrimination. Some organisations also started developing technical tools to mitigate this risk.

Ensuring that AI benefits ‘all’ is a major challenge to tackle and requires more than technical fixes. Moreover, it should be tackled urgently, given AI’s ever-wider uptake.This panel will examine the legal, technical, social and political actions that can help overcome this problem, with panelists from academia, industry, government and civil society


13:45 : OPENING - WELCOME - Introduction to the topic and the panel by Nathalie Smuha
13:55 : PANEL STARTS - 2 or 3 rounds of questions
14:30 : Q&A

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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. 

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Peggy Valcke

Peggy Valcke is professor of law & technology at KU Leuven and vice dean research at the Leuven Faculty of Law & Criminology. She is co-director of CiTiP, executive committee member of Leuven.AI, and principal investigator in the Security & Privacy Department of imec.

Peggy’s current research focus lies with the rise of artificial intelligence, in particular algorithmic decision-making, in law enforcement, transport, media services, the judiciary, etc., and the ethical-legal implications thereof, especially in relation to human rights and the allocation of responsibilities / legal liabilities.

As co-director of the Expert Centre on Data & Society, she contributes with her team to the Flemish Action Plan on AI, launched in 2019. She also serves as vice-chair of CAHAI, the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on AI.


Katy Fokou

Katy Fokou is a research consultant at Smals since 2018, where she specializes in artificial intelligence techniques including machine learning and natural language processing, and deals with the introduction of such technologies in the public sector.

Before joining Smals, Katy worked on the implementation of laboratory computer systems in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and obtained a master’s degree in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh.


Fanny Asukulu

After obtaining her Master’s degree in Law, Fanny joined B12 Consulting as a legal expert. She mainly focuses on the analysis of legal issues related to AI and developed a workshop aimed at equipping AI technicians on these issues. Fanny also participated in the construction of the MOOC « Sustainable AI in Business » developed by AGORIA, by exploring the link between GDPR and AI.

Nele Roekens

Nele Roekens is legal officer at Unia, also known as the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism. She focusses on the discriminatory effects of the use of AI, with special attention to the labour market and HR. Unia is part of Equinet and ENNHRI, the European Networks of Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions.

She is alternate member to ENNHRI’s core group on AI. Her recent work on the topic of AI consisted of the co-redaction of Unia’s submission to the public consultation on the EU White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and providing input for Equinet’s report on regulation for an equal AI. She has served as an expert for the Knowledge Centre for legal, ethical and societal aspects of artificial intelligence and data-driven applications.


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