Our Team

  Ivana Bartoletti

Founder and Director

Ivana Bartoletti is the Global Data Privacy Officer at Wipro, the leading international information technology, consulting and business process services company.

Ivana is an internationally recognised thought leader in the fields of privacy, data protection and responsible technology. She has many years of experience working for large organizations in privacy policy, strategy and programmes related to digital transformation, cloud and automation. The Cyber Security Awards named her Woman of the Year (2019).

As a Visiting Policy Fellow at the University of Oxford, her research focuses on how to advance the global sharing of information in the context of privacy, security, data protection and human rights.

Ivana is co-editor of The AI Book, a handbook for investors, entrepreneurs and fintech visionaries and is author of An Artificial Revolution, on Power, Politics and AI.

She is founder of the influential Women Leading in AI network. A sought-after subject expert, Ivana is interviewed frequently in the mainstream media and speaks at many international events. An interview about her book is available here.

Website: www.ivanabartoletti.co.uk

Twitter: IvanaBartoletti

Dr Allison Gardner

Founder and Director

Allison Gardner is an expert in AI and Data Ethics with interests in health technology, algorithmic bias, HCI, diversity and inclusion.
Allison works for the AI Multi-agency Advisory Service with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence where she leads on cross-regulatory policy between MHRA, CQC, HRA and NICE. She co-founded Women Leading in AI and is CEO of AI Aware Ltd, a responsible innovation consultancy where she offers consultancy and training on the development of responsible AI/ML technology.
She is an experienced educator and is an (Hon) Senior Research Fellow at Keele University. Her research is primarily focussed on AI ethics, human factors and governance of AI. She was principal investigator for the Ethical Funding for Trustworthy AI project and sits on a variety of NIHR funding committees and as an adviser on the Turing Institute Research Support Facility for the NIHR AIMS fund.
Allison sits on a number of standards committee including ISO/IEC SC42 UK National Committee and CEN-CENELEC JTC21 as a ForHumanity Fellow. Allison was named in Computer Weeklys longlist for the Top Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2022 and the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics 2022 list by Women in AI Ethics.  Allison is a renowned speaker on AI ethics including keynoting at Intelligent Health with several media appearances including as a TEDx speaker. You can contact her for speaking engagements via a.gardner@keele.ac.uk
Emma Gibson
Chief Executive Officer

Emma Gibson is Chief Executive of Women Leading in AI. She is an expert in campaigning strategies, working on women’s rights and environmental issues in the UK, India, and Australia. She has previously held Campaign Director posts at both Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and was CEO of London’s public transport watchdog London TravelWatch. She’s currently seconded to Equality Now to lead a joint Women Leading in AI/Equality Now campaign for Universal Digital Rights.

Trish Shaw

Director (legal)

Patricia Shaw LLB(Hons), LLM, FRSA, is a female entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Beyond Reach Consulting Limited a Tech Ethics Consultancy based in the UK.  Trish is passionate about increasing accountability of AI through meaningful human oversight and regulation, helping organisations identify and mitigate risks due to algorithmic bias, and protecting individuals and society against the unintended harmful impacts of AI. She advises internationally on Responsible AI (AI/data ethics, policy, governance), and Corporate Digital Responsibility.  She has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer in data, technology and regulatory/government affairs and is a qualified Solicitor registered in both England and the Republic of Ireland. She has authored and edited several works on law and regulation, policy, ethics, and AI.  In a addition to being a Director of Women Leading in AI, Trish is an expert advisor on the Ethics Committee to the UK’s Digital Catapult Machine Intelligence Garage, is a Maestro (a title only given to 3 people in the world) and expert advisor on the IEEE’s CertificAId (previously known as ECPAIS) ethical certification panel, sits on IEEE’s P7003 (algorithmic bias)/P2247.4 (adaptive instructional systems)/P7010.1 (AI and ESG/UN SDGS) standards programmes, is a ForHumanity Fellow working on Independent Audit of AI Systems, is Chair and Non-Exec Director of the Society for Computers and Law, and is a Non-Exec Director on the Board of iTechlaw.  Until 2021, Patricia was on the RSA’s online harms advisory panel, whose work contributed to the Online Safety Bill.  In 2021, Patricia was listed on the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ and named on Computer Weekly’s longlist as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology in 2021.


Rebecca Geach

Director (Policy and Government)

Having commenced her career in journalism and media Rebecca moved into technology through a DCMS funded Women in Cybersecurity scheme. Her communication skills are complimented by campaign skills gained on political campaign trails. She gained an understanding of parliamentary process from working in Parliament. Since starting at IBM in 2019 she has undertaken formal training in cybersecurity. Rebecca is passionate about improving diversity in technology and the promotion of human rights within its development. She wants policy makers to have a much stronger understanding of the growing enormity of the implications of AI for both good and bad. Rebecca is a Bid Manager in Cyberscecurity at IBM. Her previous experience includes coordinator at a start-up think tank and parliamentary assistant.

 Elizabeth Stocks

Director (Technology expert)

Elizabeth Stocks is a Solution Architect and IT problem solving. Her role within WLInAI is providing practical IT methodology and technical information. Doing research into next generation Artificial Intelligence, covering neuroscience, psychology, and knowledge management. Previously worked as a solution architect and project manager in various business disciplines: media, education, financial and utilities.

Dr Samara Banno

Director (Tech/AI Expert)

Samara has  a PhD in statistical Machine learning and AI , she enjoys developing  machine learning and other intelligent models that use cutting-edge learning algorithms, as well as, mathematical models to find and describe these patterns of neurodegenerative disorder/ brain  disease progression, and estimate how likely each individual might develop functional decline before the mild symptoms appear.

Samara’s  passion is to understand the functionality of the Black Box in the AI applications and explain the validity of the automated outcome to detect any  discrimination and biased out put that might impact the community. she is currently a research fellow and a lecturer at Department of Psychological Science Birkbeck college-University of London .