2nd AI POLICY CONFERENCE

September 14 & 15, 2021  |  Online

BUSINESS

Whether a creator or user of AI technologies, this was a unique opportunity to have a seat at the table and actively participate in shaping AI policy, alongside key regulators from Switzerland and abroad.

“Nestlé is a global company, so we want to operate using the same standard in all the markets where we are, but if we make the regulation more complex we are limiting the opportunity to innovate” – David Campos Pavon, Nestlé.

GOVERNMENT

A powerful opportunity to align with all stakeholders and listen to their concerns and challenges first hand. As well as to set common ground and define the next steps for action.

 

ACADEMIA

With 2 academic paper sessions – led by ETH Zürich – we provide a forum for cutting edge research in AI Governance.

“The ubiquity of AI, and the scale of Big Data already means that we have a complex governance challenge. How do you trace lines of responsibility and liability through a system that has a learning component that is adapting?” – Ron Chrisley, Stanford University.

STUDENTS

A unique opportunity to learn directly from the experts, share your views and concerns, and actively take part in shaping AI policy.

GENERAL PUBLIC

Our AI Policy Conference is an unbiased platform to learn about the current state of AI regulation. A safe space for you to be heard and highlight your concerns to key decission-makers, as well as challenge both regulators and businesses.

Technological developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming society as well as the theory and practice of government interventions. 

Wide application of AI technologies has enormous benefits, but it also presents unprecedented challenges in terms of privacy, cybersecurity, consumer rights and ethics. As societal expectations evolve, lack of clear global rules & slow pace of policy developments in this area present a major challenge to businesses worldwide. Business needs  clear rules in order to minimize risks, secure investments and build trust.

In collaboration with

Center for Law and Economics

RegHorizon and ETH Zurich’s Center for Law and Economics have partnered since 2019 to create an unbiased platform for a timely multi-stakeholder discussion among policy makers, academia, business and society focussing on challenges that AI technologies pose and exploring relevant policy solutions to address them. 

The 2nd AI Policy Conference builds further on the success of the last year’s one capturing recent key AI Policy developments in the EU (EU AI Act, published on April 19, 2021), increased debate of the use of digital technologies post-COVID and the impetus on the global collaboration created by the new US administration.

THE CONFERENCE IN A NUTSHELL

An unbiased platform for a truly multi-stakeholder exchange among policy makers, business, civil society and academia.

35+ confirmed speakers:
International Business Leaders, Government Representatives & Academics;

6 panels & 2 key notes;

5 guiding questions;

academic research tracks,
led by ETH Zürich.

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Policymakers: Swiss Government,  Swiss Parliament, European Commission, European Parliament, US Government, OECD, Council of Europe
  • Academia & Professional Organizations: Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETHZ and EPFL), Hertie School of  Governance, University of Hong Kong, Standards Council of Canada, IEEE, SATW
  • Business: Mastercard, Deloitte, Four, ZestMoney, PwC, FIPRA
  • Civil Society & IGOs: GenevaMacroLabs, Mozilla Foundation, ILO, Algorithm Watch, UNESCO, Swiss Digital Initiative, Youth IGF

 

Keith E. Sonderling

Keith E. Sonderling

Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, US Government

Paul Nemitz

Paul Nemitz

Principal Adviser on Justice Policy, EU Commission

Eva A. Kaili

Eva A. Kaili

Chair, Future of Science and Technology Panel, European Parliament

Dr. Joanna Bryson

Dr. Joanna Bryson

Professor of Ethics and Technology, Hertie School of Governance

Ivana Bartoletti

Ivana Bartoletti

Founder, Women Leading in AI & Technical Director - Privacy, Deloitte, UK

Dr. Ekkehard Ernst

Dr. Ekkehard Ernst

President at Geneva Macro Labs & Future of Work and AI specialist at ILO

Jan Kleijssen

Jan Kleijssen

Director for Information and Action Against Crime, Council of Europe

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform

Sanja Fabrio

Sanja Fabrio

Co-Founder and Managing Director of RegHorizon

Prof. Dr. Elliott Ash

Prof. Dr. Elliott Ash

Assistant Professor (Chair of Law, Economics, and Data Science) ETH Zurich

Dr. Aileen Nielsen

Dr. Aileen Nielsen

Chair, NYC Bar Science and Law Committee & Fellow Law and Tech ETH Zurich

Ayisha Piotti

Ayisha Piotti

Co-Founder & Managing Partner of RegHorizon

Robert Madelin

Robert Madelin

Chairman, FIPRA (Ex DG Connect & Ex DG SANCO, EU Commission)

Leila Delarive

Leila Delarive

CEO, Empowerment Foundation

Sasha Rubel

Sasha Rubel

Programme Specialist, Digital Innovation and Transformation, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

Dr. Angela Müller

Dr. Angela Müller

Team Lead Policy & Advocacy, AlgorithmWatch, and Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager, AlgorithmWatch Switzerland

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Dragoş Tudorache

Dragoş Tudorache

Committee Chair of Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), European Parliament,

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JoAnn Stonier

JoAnn Stonier

Chief Data Officer, Mastercard

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber

Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization, EPFL

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Anand Rao

Anand Rao

Global AI Lead; Innovation Lead, Emerging Technology Group, PwC US

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Niniane Paeffgen

Niniane Paeffgen

Managing Director, Swiss Digital Initiative

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Thomas Schneider

Thomas Schneider

Ambassador and Director of International Affairs at the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)

Max Blumberg

Max Blumberg

People Analytics Consultant and Owner, Blumberg Partnership Ltd

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Julia Reinhardt

Julia Reinhardt

Fellow in Residence, Mozilla Foundation and former German diplomat

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Karine Perset

Karine Perset

Administrator, AI Observatory, OECD

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Gerhard Andrey

Gerhard Andrey

Member of the National Council (Swiss Parliament), and Co-Founder and Board Member, Liip

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Karen Silverman

Karen Silverman

CEO and Founder, The Cantellus Group, Member of AI Global Council, World Economic Forum

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Bechtold

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bechtold

Head of Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, ETH Zurich

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Dunsin Fatuase

Dunsin Fatuase

Country Manager, Coven Works, and Youth Internet Governance Forum (Youth IGF) Ambassador

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Manuel Kugler

Manuel Kugler

Project Manager, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)

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Mislav Malenica

Mislav Malenica

CEO, Mindsmith

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Hilary Sutcliffe

Hilary Sutcliffe

Director SocietyInside and TIGTech, UK

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Natalija Lyarskaya

Natalija Lyarskaya

Chief Data Officer, ZestMoney

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Fadi Makki

Fadi Makki

Founder of Nudge Lebanon & Director B4Development y Group)

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Antonija Burcul

Antonija Burcul

CEO, four

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Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez

Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez

Governance of AI Fellow, University of Arizona, Vice Chair, AI & Autonomus Vehicles Policy Committee IEEE

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GUIDING QUESTIONS 

The conference will explore those key questions:

  • What are the implications and gaps of global AI regulatory initiatives (including EU AI Act) from the business and civil society perspective? What is on the horizon globally from a regulatory perspective?
  • How can we ensure that the underrepresented stakeholders, including the Developing South, youth and civil society in general, engage in the AI policy debate?
  • How can we increase the effectiveness and credibility of AI policy by using soft law as a policy option for harnessing innovation and incentivizing the acceptance of new technologies?
  • How can new technologies, approaches, and processes accelerate business readiness and increase the effectiveness of policy solutions?
  • How can we ensure SMEs and startups are well equipped to benefit from AI technologies, innovate responsibly and engage in policy dialogue?

The two-day program will combine keynote speeches, panel discussions (followed by Q&A), deep dives (panels with specific sector or issue focus), and academic review sessions.

TARGET AUDIENCES

  • Policy makers and governments
  • Business leaders from multinationals, SMEs and startups.
  • Representatives of international organizations and civil society.
  • Academics, experts and thought leaders.

KEY BENEFITS FOR THE PARTICIPANTS

  • Take part in an unbiased forum for the exchange of experiences and best practices in regulatory risk management. 
  • Develop insights into the likely near and far future for European and global AI regulations allowing you to predict, plan and optimize your stakeholder outreach and reach your strategic business objectives.
  • Discuss use of regulatory strategy for business development purposes. 
  • Engage with key experts on how to address business risk and build trust in the digital age (Industry 4.0). 
  • Contribute to a follow-up publication prepared by a world-class university with key conference take-aways helping define the path to an appropriate AI regulatory environment.

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