Witty Works' Technology Ethics Board
Members of the ethics board
Anna Mätzener holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Zürich, where she also minored in Philosophy and Italian Linguistics. Anna was an editor in a scientific publishing company and a teacher for Mathematics.
Currently, she is the managing director of AlgorithmWatch Switzerland. This non-profit research and advocacy organization is committed to evaluating and shedding light on algorithmic decision-making processes that have a social relevance, meaning they are used either to predict or prescribe human action or to make decisions automatically. Among other things, she was involved in developing an impact assessment tool for the use of AI in the public sector according to ethical principles.
She is a Digital Shaper 2021 in the category infrastructure building.
Fungai Mettler is a multi-passionate social impact driven leader.
She has spent the last 10 years working in different organizations focusing on ESG, sustainable development, corporate responsibility, and philanthropy. She is currently the Social Business Innovation Lead for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at MSD. She is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree exploring ESG and business decision making in pursuit of creating shared value.
Her passion for social impact led her to Co-Founding SwiZim Trust, a non-profit organization empowering the marginalized through innovative approaches in Zimbabwe as well as to serving on the boards of various organizations pursuing social impact.
Fungai is passionate about storytelling and believes it has the power to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2020, She was featured as one of “50 Tales of Young African Women Achievers”
Leila Toplic has worked at the intersection of technology and society for over two decades. Her work centers on accelerating digital inclusion through ethical innovation, education, and partnerships.
Over the past five years through her strategy consultancy - LT Collective -Leila has worked with a number of organizations across different sectors including technology companies, startups, and nonprofits. As the Head of Emerging Technologies Initiative at NetHope, a consortium of 63 global nonprofits, Leila leads strategic efforts focused on enabling global nonprofits to develop and use AI in an ethical way in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prior to launching her consultancy practice, Leila spent 15 years in leadership roles in the technology sector (Microsoft, Adobe) and at social enterprise startups (LRNG, Samasource), working at the intersection of technology, communications and education.
Leila frequently writes and speaks on the topics of AI, ethics, education, and Future of Work. She was named 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2021.
The above group of subject-matter experts form the Ethics board together with the following Witty Works employees:
- Elena Nazarenko - Senior NLP Expert
- Lukas Kahwe Smith - Co-Founder and CTO
But why did Witty Works decide it needed a technology ethics board? How was the board created, its members selected? What can we expect to see from the board and more importantly how will it help foster Witty’s mission of an inclusive and equitable society?
I have interviewed Lukas Kahwe Smith, co-founder and CTO, who is the internal champion for the ethics board.