Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of AI & Machine Learning at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum

About Kay

Kay is the Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum. Prior to taking this position, she was Executive Director of AI-Global and led the Ethics Advisory Panel of Lucid.ai.

She has worked for the past three decades as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, business owner, professor and judge in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has taught at the undergraduate and law school levels and worked as a professional lecturer. She is a humanitarian with a strong sense of social justice and have advanced degrees in Law and International Relations. In her role as Chief Officer of the EAP, she has advised governments, think tanks and non-profits about artificial intelligence. She is co-founder of the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the Robert E. Strauss Center, University of Texas and teaches a course at the UT Law School for the Consortium: “Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies: Law and Policy”

Additionally, she is a Distinguished Scholar of the Robert E Strauss Center at the University of Texas and Vice Chair of the IEEE Industry Connections “Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.