Helen Milner OBE is the Group Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, an international social change charity whose mission is a world where everyone can benefit from digital. Good Things Foundation Group operates in the UK and Australia, working with thousands of hyper-local community partners so that people can benefit from everything the internet and digital technologies have to offer. Founded as a staff-led mutual charity in the UK in 2011, Helen led the establishment of a subsidiary charity, opening an office in Sydney in August 2017, and running the Be Connected Network for the Australian Government.
Since 2010 her organisation and its local partners have helped over 3.2 million people to improve their lives through digital.
Helen was awarded an OBE for services to digital inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015. In 2017 she won the coveted title of Digital Leader of the Year (UK). Helen has worked in the UK House of Commons as a member of The Speaker’s Commission for Digital Democracy and was the Specialist Advisor on Digital Engagement to the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee. She is a Member of the Digital Skills Partnership Board chaired by the UK’s Digital Minister.
Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO
Gabriela Ramos is the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, where she oversees the contributions of the institution to build inclusive and peaceful societies. Her agenda includes the achievement of social inclusion and gender equality, advancing youth development; promotion of values through sports; anti-racism and anti-discriminatory agenda and ethics of artificial intelligence. Her appointment at UNESCO allows her to continue supporting an agenda of inclusive growth, and the respect of human rights and human dignity.
Prior to this position, Ms. Ramos served as the Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20/G7/APEC in the OECD, contributing to the global agenda as well as leading the OECD's
Antonio is the CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate foundation of the global news and information services company.
Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, the Thomson Reuters Foundation combines its unique services to advance media freedom, raise awareness of human rights issues and foster more inclusive economies. Antonio is the founder of Openly, the world first platform dedicated to fair, accurate and impartial coverage of LGBT+ stories with global distribution through the Reuters wire. In 2018, he ranked first in the OUT-standing list of third sector LGBT+ executives published by the Financial Times. In 2017, he was named a European Young Leader by Friends of Europe and was awarded the Talented Young Italians Award by Italian Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
Antonio is a One Young World Ambassador and a World Economic Forum agenda contributor. He sits on the boards of All Out and the International News Safety Institute (INSI). Prior to his present role, Antonio was Director of Communications and COO at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Executive Producer at Bloomberg Television in charge of news, factual programming and documentaries for Europe, Middle Easy and Africa, developing award-winning TV series.
Emma has spent her career working on the legal frameworks and policy considerations applicable to technology In the UK, at the EU level and in the US.
She is the Director and Counsel at the Institute for AI and emerging tech, a not for profit she co-founded with Darren Jones MP which has grown an international network of cross- party legislators around the world focused on increased co-ordination and collaboration on AI and emerging technology at an international level. The Institute works with the UN, OECD and World Economic Forum. Emma also leads the Technology, Data and Digital team at leading London law firm Harbottle and Lewis where she advises a wide range of clients on emerging technology issues. Emma is also a Champion for the Digital Poverty Alliance.
Chief of Executive Office, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
At UNESCO, Mariagrazia’s work entails supervising, coordinating, strategizing, steering and advancing UNESCO’s work related to: the social transformation and the reduction of inequalities; human rights, antiracism and the gender divide; the ethics of science and technology, and in particular, of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and neurotechnology; youth policies; sport and antidoping to foster inclusion, health and wellbeing.
Before joining UNESCO, she worked for more than ten years at the OECD Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation as Senior Economist – Head of Unit. Her focus was mainly on: the changing determinants of growth and productivity; the economics of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR); knowledge-based capital; global value chains; the digital transformation; Artificial Intelligence; labour market, job and skill dynamics; and the digital gender divide.
Mariagrazia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Essex (UK), and has published extensively.
Professor John Shawe-Taylor
Director, International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence
John Shawe-Taylor is professor of Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at University College London and Director of the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. He has helped to drive a fundamental rebirth in the field of machine learning, with applications in novel domains including computer vision, document classification, and applications in biology and medicine focussed on brain scan, immunity and proteome analysis. He has published over 300 papers and two books that have attracted over 84000 citations.
He has assembled a series of influential European Networks of Excellence. The scientific coordination of these projects has influenced a generation of researchers and promoted the widespread uptake of machine learning in both science and industry that we are currently witnessing. More recently he coordinated the X5gon (x5gon.org) European project developing infrastructure and portals for AI enhanced delivery of open educational materials.
He was appointed UNESCO Chair of Artificial Intelligence in November 2018 and is the leading trustee of the UK Charity, Knowledge 4 All Foundation, championing the cause of open education including assisting with the establishment of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources adopted in 2019.
Programme Management Officer, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology at the UN
Mr. Jason Munyan is a Programme Management Officer in the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology. In this role, Mr. Munyan contributes to policymaking on technologies and liaises with relevant stakeholders on follow-up to the report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and implementation of the Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. Previously, Mr. Munyan was an Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, where he worked on investment promotion and investment and entrepreneurship policies and prepared reports on science, technology, and innovation for the Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
Theo Blackwell MBE
Chief Digital Officer for London, Greater London Authority