Our Founders

Ivana Bartoletti

Ivana Bartoletti is a Privacy and Data Protection professional, a media commentator and a public speaker. She is Director of Technology at Deloitte and advises businesses and organisations on best practice and how to comply with privacy legislation at the UK, EU and global level. She works across all sectors, from finance to adtech, and within the energy market. Ivana has extensive knowledge of the Privacy and ethical challenges in the smart and digital economy, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the Internet of Things.

Ivana worked for seven years as an Information Governance Manager at the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management and has held senior management roles at Barclays Bank and Sky TV. In 2012, she received the Best Personal Achievement in the Public Sector Award for introducing new safety policies on hospital premises.

Ivana is an International public speaker and commentator on privacy, digital rights, data ethics and regularly features on the BBC and other outlets. 


Allison Gardner

Dr Allison Gardner lectures at Keele University and Programme Director for the Data Science Degree Apprenticeship. Her research is focused on utilization of machine learning to predict disease, gender and computing, AI ethics and governance of AI.

She works on the IEEE P7000 Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and specifically P7003 on algorithmic bias, providing a framework for Algorithmic Impact Assessments. Allison speaks nationally on AI Ethics, machine bias and the need for diversity and regulation in the field of AI. She has acted as a consultant for a variety of companies on AI Ethics, algorithmic bias and diversity in tech.

Allison is a local councillor, Shadow Portfolio Holder for Environment, Recycling and Climate Change and an experienced chair and campaigner.She is an alumnus of the first cohort of the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme.


Reema Patel

Reema is a programme manager at the Nuffield Foundation, and is working to establish the Ada Lovelace Institute, an organisation seeking to ensure that data & AI work for people and society. She is an experienced policy professional who has led various citizen engagement and participation initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas in the UK, including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Citizens’ Economic Council, which successfully worked with and influenced the Bank of England’s public engagement strategy. Reema has consulted for a variety of international organisations, including the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Nextdoor.com, San Francisco based technology social media start-up. She is a fellow of the RSA, founding trustee of a community run library, and a local councillor.


Our Steering Committee and Tech Governance and Regulation Policy Group

Chair and Campaigns Expert: Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson is an experienced campaigner, previously holding Campaign Director roles at both Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. She is currently Director of London TravelWatch. At WLinAI she’s our Communications Director and Chairs our Steering and Tech Policy Committees.


Legal Expert: Trish Shaw

Policy and Government Expert: Rebecca Geach

Policy Expert: Sanya Sheikh

Tech/AI Expert: Elizabeth Stocks

Tech/AI Expert: Samara Banno

Other subgroup leads:

Conference Organisation and Meet Up coordinator: Ben Gilburt

Education Working Party Lead: Amy Icke