Thursday 15th July 2021, 16:00 (BST)

Can ethics guide the use of AI in cyber security?

Your host:

Geoff White

Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others.

An experienced public speaker, he has given keynote talks at some of the UK’s largest tech events, in addition to hosting conferences and chairing panels at venues ranging from London’s Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival.


Ardie Kleijn, Chief Information Security Officer, Transavia

Since 1990, Ardie has worked for a variety of organisations as a privacy, security, and business continuity consultant and CISO. From 2013 till January 2021, he was CISO of the Dutch Police. Recently started as the CISO of Transavia. He has worked in a broad field; e.g., water management, energy sector, child protection services, police and justice.

Ansgar Koene, Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader, EY

My current work focuses on the development of design and regulatory tools to maximize the beneficial use of information technologies and minimize negative consequences on people and society.

I have a multi-disciplinary research background, having worked and published on topics ranging from Policy and Governance of Algorithmic Systems (AI), data-privacy, AI Ethics, AI Standards, bio-inspired Robotics, AI and Computational Neuroscience to experimental Human Behaviour/Perception studies. I hold an MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience.

Richard Benjamins, Chief AI and Data Strategist, Telefonica

Author of Among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100). Former Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance). 10+ years of experience at Telefonica in several management positions related to Big Data and Analytics. Co-founder of start-up and NGO. Frequent speaker on Data and Artificial Intelligence events. Member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC. Author of

His passion lies with creating value from data. Commercial value, but also value for the society: he is the founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department. He currently works on how to make Data & AI sustainable from a business, societal and ethical perspective. He is a strategic advisor to BigML – a startup to put Machine Learning in the hands of businesspeople, and to Focus360.

Before joining Telefonica, he was director and board member at iSOCO, which he co-founded in 1999. Based on his work, iSOCO were granted the National Award for Computer Science.

Benjamins has held positions at the Technical University of Madrid, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Paris-South, France, and the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona.

He is co-founder of the Spanish Observatory of the social and ethical impact of AI, and one of the founding members of a European Incubator for Open Data start-ups (

He has published over 100 scientific articles (see Accomplishments section below) about Artificial Intelligence, AI & Ethics, Knowledge-Based systems, and Semantic Web. He co-chaired numerous international workshops and conferences. He is on advisory boards of several start-ups and international research projects. He was Chair of the K-CAP 2013 Conference and co-chair of the Industrial track at ISWC 2014.

He is a member of the editorial board of IEEE Intelligent Systems, and of the Big Data for Social Good task force of the GSMA. Dr. Benjamins received his Ph.D. (1993) in Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam.

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