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Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of Artificial Intelligence and a Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum


Kay Firth-Butterfield is one of the foremost experts in the world on the law and governance of AI. She is a Barrister, former Judge and Professor, technologist and entrepreneur who has an abiding interest in how humanity can equitably benefit from new technologies. Kay is an Associate Barrister (Doughty Street Chambers), Master of the Inner Temple, London and served on the Lord Chief Justice’s Advisory Panel on AI and Law. She co-founded the Responsible AI Institute and was the world’s first Chief AI Ethics officer in 2014.

Kay is Vice-Chair of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and was part of the group which met at Asilomar to create the Asilomar AI Ethical Principles. She is on the Polaris Council for the Government Accountability Office (USA), the Advisory Boards of UNESCO International Research Centre on AI, the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas, AI for Planet and AI4All. She serves on the Board of Earth Species and is Co-Chair of the AAAI Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Society Conference for 2023.

Additionally, she is a Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and sits on the Government of Singapore’s Data & AI Ethics Board. Kay has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations and regularly speaks to audiences around the world addressing many aspects of the beneficial and challenging technical, economic and social changes arising from the use of AI. She advises companies and governments on responsible design, development and use of AI and has been consistently recognized as a leading woman in AI since 2018.


  • Kay was featured in the New York Times as one of 10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership.

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She regularly speaks to international audiences addressing many aspects of the beneficial and challenging technical, economic and social changes arising from the use of AI.

Keynote Speaker Programs:

  • AI and business
  • AI and geopolitics
  • AI and Law
  • Responsible/Trustworthy AI
  • Quantum
  • Generative AI and the future
  • Health and AI
  • Vulnerable communities (old, young etc) and AI
  • Women in AI
  • Diversity and AI
  • AI and the economy
  • AI and sustainability
  • AI and ESG
  • AI and climate change
  • Self regulation to regulation in AI

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