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LJD Week 2021 | Algorithmic Racial Bias: a Development Challenge?

November 10, 2021

Virtual | Live Broadcast & Recorded



An event of the GFLJD Law and Technology Working Group

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This session will discuss key regulatory, social, and cultural challenges of racial bias in designing and deploying AI/ML-based automated decision-making systems, focusing on the development implications for LMICs. After laying out the challenges, the panelists will discuss initiatives to mitigate the risks of racial bias in AI and challenges and opportunities to support their practical implementation in lower capacity contexts.

This session is divided into two panel discussions:

  • First Panel—General Counsels: A group of high-level General Counsels panelists will answer questions relating to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technologies and/or automated decision-making systems in their beneficiary countries. Panelists will discuss whether, and if so, how this growing use of automated decision-making systems is leading to an increased awareness of the risks associated with the use of AI and ML-based systems, and how this has impacted their organizations.

  • Second Panel—Technical Experts: A group of technical expert panelists will present their views on key legal, social, and cultural challenges of racial bias in the design and deployment of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-based automated decision-making systems, with a particular focus on the development implications for LMICs. The session will cover the risks and opportunities with these solutions, as well as exploring mechanisms that can be deployed to mitigate the risks associated with AI, including racial bias.

  • Speakers


    Tami Dokken

    Chief Data Privacy Officer, World Bank

    Tami Dokken is the first Chief Data Privacy Officer at the World Bank, where she is responsible for implementing the World Bank Group’s Policy on Personal Data Privacy. Prior to joining the Bank in 2019, she was Head of Global Data Privacy and Associate General Counsel at MoneyGram International, a global financial services company, where she implemented its first privacy program. Previously, she was associate general counsel at a multinational hospitality company, and was in private law practice at a U.S.-based law firm. Tami Dokken is certified in U.S. and EU data privacy law through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US and CIPP/E), and has more than 25 years of experience in data privacy, corporate, marketing, and intellectual property law.


    Souley Amadou

    General Counsel and Director, African Development Bank

    Souley Amadou is General Counsel of the African Development Bank Group. In that capacity, he provides legal advice and opinions on major institutional issues such as African Development Bank General Capital Increases, African Development Fund Replenishments, interpretations of the African Development Bank and African Development Fund Agreements and other legal issues pertinent to the proper governance of the African Development Bank Group. Souley Amadou also advises the African Development Bank Group on a number of innovative financial sustainability issues that enable the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund to work together with greater synergy in the economic and social development of the African continent. As General Counsel, Souley Amadou also represents the Bank in litigation before internal adjudicatory machinery and in external arbitral and judicial proceedings. Souley Amadou earned his Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Business Law and a Masters of Research degree (MRes-DEA) in Tax & Business both from the University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand I, France and holds a Certificate of Aptitude for the Legal Profession (CAPA).


    Diana Wilson Patrick

    General Counsel, Caribbean Development Bank

    Diana Wilson Patrick is the General Counsel of the Caribbean Development Bank, a multilateral development financing institution based in Barbados and providing development finance to 19 borrowing members in the English, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean. As the Bank's chief legal advisor, and a member of the Executive Management, she provides legal support in all areas of the Bank’s work, including promoting private and public investment in the Caribbean region and mobilising financial resources from within and outside the region for the Bank's lending programme. Diana Wilson Patrick is a graduate of the University of Bristol, England, and a member of Lincoln's Inn (called to the Bar –1987). She has also been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales and is admitted to practise in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Prior to joining the Caribbean Development Bank, Diana Wilson Patrick was a partner at Lex Caribbean, a regional law firm, where her primary practice was corporate finance, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.


    Heikki Cantell

    General Counsel, Head of Legal Department and Secretary General, Nordic Investment Bank

    Heikki Cantell is the General Counsel and Head of Legal Department and Secretary General of the Nordic Investment Bank (2007-). Before this, Heikki Cantell served as General Counsel of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) from 1995-2007. Prior to his career as General Counsel, he was Head of the Paris branch of the Finnish law firm Heikki Haapaniemi, and was a legal counsel for the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Heikki Cantell also has a number of professional engagements including Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur for France and Board appointments on two Finnish holding companies. Nominated as an arbitrator by the International Chamber of Commerce, Heikki Cantell is a Member of the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (PRIME).


    Jun Jin

    Deputy General Counsel, USAID 

    Jun Jin is the Deputy General Counsel (Civil Service) for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Jun Jin joined USAID in 2004 and over the course of his career, he has served in various legal and non-legal capacities, including as the Acting General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition and Assistance, the West Africa Regional Legal Advisor to the U.S. Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and to the USAID Mission to Nigeria based in Abuja, Nigeria, the USAID Senior Development Advisor to the World Bank Group in the Office of the U.S. Executive Director, and Senior Counsel in the GC Division for Acquisition & Assistance. Jun Jin is the U.S. Government’s lead representative to the Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) Working Group and a Member of the MAPS Steering Committee. Jun Jin is a Co-Lead of the USAID Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Culture of Inclusion Working Group and is an Executive Champion of the USAID Asian Pacific American Employee Council and the Arab Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies employee affinity group. Prior to USAID, Jun Jin worked for five years as a lawyer in private practice, specializing in government contracts and construction litigation. He has taught courses in international development law and international procurement at The George Washington University Law School, the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. Jun Jin is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the D.C. Bar.


    Aubra Anthony

    Strategy and Research Lead, Technology Exploratory Programs, USAID

    Aubra Anthony leads the Strategy & Research team in the Technology Division of USAID's Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub. Her team investigates the social, political, and ethical dimensions accompanying the evolution of digital technologies in developing economies. Her portfolio has spanned Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Digital Identity, Open Data, the Data Revolution, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and the development of USAID's first-ever Digital Strategy. Aubra Anthony received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in academic research in physics and cosmology before turning to technology policy as a Research Affiliate with the C.U. Boulder Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.


    Reema Patel

    Associate Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

    Reema Patel is an Associate Director at the Ada Lovelace Institute and has worked for the organization from its establishment as part of its founding team. She leads the organization’s public attitudes and public deliberation research, and its broader engagement work on justice and equalities, particularly health and social inequalities, seeking to inform the Institute’s overall agenda to convene diverse voices. Reema Patel has just over a decade’s experience in public policy and has advised a range of organisations on their approaches to public engagement, particularly as they relate to understanding lived experience and impacts on underrepresented communities. These include the Bank of England, the Nuffield Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, Understanding Patient Data and the Scottish Government. She is on Engage Britain’s policymaker advisory network, the OECD’s Innovative Citizen Participation network and the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 response public engagement expert working group.


    Gratiana Fu

    Data Scientist, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI

    Gratiana Fu is an Data Scientist for DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration and currently supports efforts across the organization to collect, manage, analyze, and use high quality data to inform decision-making. She designs machine learning algorithms, leverages natural language processing techniques, and spearheads DAI’s work in ethical AI to support donor-funded projects around the globe. Prior to her work at DAI, she was a Global Health Corps Fellow based in Rwanda where she supported digital health initiatives improving healthcare for post-operative cardiac patients. She is also a volunteer member of the Racial Equity Index Working Group.


    Miriam Stankovich (moderator)

    Co-Chair, Global Forum on Law Justice and Development Working Group and Senior Digital Specialist, DAI

    Miriam Stankovich is a Senior Digital Policy Specialist at DAI. She has rich research experience in leading complex projects in data protection and governance, intellectual property, and technology law, regulatory impact assessment of emerging technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and 3D Printing), and technology transfer. She has also served as a senior legal and policy advisor for major international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union, World Bank (IBRD), WIPO, International Finance Corporation, UNIDO, UNICRI, Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the European Commission. She is a highly sought-after speaker at various international fora on some of the most complex challenges in innovation, especially in the regulation of emerging tech. Miriam Stankovich was a Fulbright Scholar in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Duke University School of Law, and a World Bank McNamara Scholar in Development Economics, Intellectual Property Rights, and Tech Transfer at Duke University School of Public Policy. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, monographs, book chapters, laws, and government reports in the areas of international intellectual property, technology transfer, innovation, and public policy and regulation of emerging technologies.


    Greg Maly (moderator)

    Associate Director for Digital Products, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI

    Greg Maly is the Director of Digital Products at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration. He has spent his career working at the intersection of global development and diplomacy, technology, and the arts. Starting out in the field of conflict resolution, Greg Maly earned a degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Policy, Ethics, and Conflict, and multiple mediation certifications from the Northern Virginia Mediation Center. From there he joined U.S. Institute of Peace, supporting conflict analysis research, monitoring and evaluation, and education and training development for both domestic, overseas, and online classroom delivery. After gaining his master’s degree at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, he joined the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the US Department of State, where he worked as a conflict data analyst. He joined DAI in 2017 as a data scientist, and now leads a team of web and hardware developers, data analysts, and online training specialists to support DAI’s global portfolio of projects.


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