To be a responsible AI leader, focus on being responsible

Elizabeth M. Renieris is a senior research associate at the Institute for Ethics in AI, Oxford and founder and CEO of Hackylawyer, a law and policy consultancy. A former member of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Renieris is the author of Beyond Data: Claiming Human Rights at the Dawn of the Metaverse (MIT Press, 2023).

David Kiron is the Editorial Director of Research at MIT Sloan Management Review and Program Leader for his Big Ideas research initiatives. Previously, he was a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and a fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. He is co-author of the forthcoming book Workforce Ecosystems: Achieving Strategic Goals with People, Partners, and Technology (MIT Press, 2023).

Steven Mills is a Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he serves as Chief AI Ethics Officer. He is responsible for developing BCG’s internal responsible AI program as well as supporting clients in designing and implementing their own RAI programs. Mills was recognized by DataIQ as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Data (2022) and by Forbes as one of 15 AI Ethics Leaders Shaping the Future (2021).


Contributors

François Candelon, Maxime Courtaux, Michele Lee DeFilippo, Todd Fitz, Carolyn Ann Geason-Beissel, Franz Gravenhorst, Abhishek Gupta, Sarah Johnson, Tom Porter, Lauren Rosano, Allison Ryder, Max Santinelli, Sean Singer, Barbara Spindel, Peter Strutt and Yunke Xiang


To cite this report, please use:

Elizabeth M. Renieris, David Kiron, and Steven Mills, “To Be a Responsible AI Leader, Focus on Accountability,” MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group, September 2022.


Thanks

We thank each of the following people who were interviewed for this report:

Kathy Baxter, Principal Architect, Ethical AI Practice, Salesforce

Linda Leopold, Head of Responsible AI and Data, H&M Group

Katia Walsh, Head of Global Strategy and AI, Levi Strauss & Co.

Brian Yutko, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Sustainability and Future Mobility, Boeing


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