The Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) at Brookings recently welcomed two new fellows to the roster of distinguished research and policy experts. Dr. Chinasa T. Okolo, who received her doctorate from Cornell University, joins as a new fellow. Andrew Wyckoff joins CTI as a nonresident senior fellow.
Dr. Chinasa T. Okolo recently graduated from Cornell University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and focused on explainable artificial intelligence (AI). Her dissertation research incorporated ethnographic methods to understand how frontline health care workers in rural India perceived the value and use of AI. Chinasa also worked with the African Union on AI governance, and ethics. She is an ethics advisor to the Equiano Institute, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) U.S. Technology Policy Committee. At Brookings, Chinasa is excited to research issues related to AI governance in emerging markets, develop novel methods to increase AI literacy in the general public, and examine the future of data work in the Global South. Chinasa also hopes to delve into digital economy workers and explore some of the geopolitical challenges impacting fair and consistent work conditions and wages.
Andrew Wyckoff, who joins CTI as a nonresident senior fellow, is the former director of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI). In this role, he oversaw OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information, and communication technology policy, as well as the statistical work required for each of these areas. Prior to this, he was a program manager of the Information, Telecommunications, and Commerce program of the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an economist at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and a programmer at Brookings. He has served on various advisory groups and commissions, including the Global Board of Trustees of Digital Future Society, Lancet/FT Governing Health Futures 2030 Commission, the International Advisory Board of Research Council of Norway and Head of OECD’s Delegation at the G20 and G7 meetings on information and communication technologies (ICT) and the digital economy. Andy will contribute to the Forum for Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), which is a collaboration between Brookings and the Centre for European Policy Studies. The FCAI hosts regular AI dialogues among high-level officials, as well as experts from industry, civil society, and academia to identify opportunities for international cooperation on AI regulation, standards, and research. Andy is excited to support the AI policy dialogue at this critical time and use FCAI to ensure an international coordinated AI policy framework.
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