Dr. Richard Benjamins

Chief Responsible AI Officer, Telefoníca

Speaker Bio

Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief Responsible AI Officer at Telefonica and founder of its “AI for Society and Environment” area. He plays a pivotal role in shaping Telefónica's approach to the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Before that he was the company’s Chief AI & Data Strategist. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA), trustee of the environmental non-profit CDP Europe. He is co-chair of UNESCO's business council for their AI recommendation, member of GSMA’s AI for Impact taskforce, of OECD’s AI expert group on the AI Index, and of WEF’s expert group on Resilient AI Governance and Regulation. He forms part of the advisory board of the Centre for Digital Culture at the Vatican, of MIT-Sloan's panel on Responsible AI, and is external AI expert for the AI Observatory of the European Parliament. He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance), held during 10 years executive positions at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics, and was a member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC.  He co-founded iSOCO, an early AI startup, in 1999. Furthermore, he holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 150 scientific articles, is founding editorial board member of Springer’s AI Ethics journal, and is author of the books “The myth of the algorithm” (Spanish) and “A Data-Driven Company” (English, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese), and "The algorithm and I" (Spanish). He is a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence events, and a strategic advisor to several start-ups and companies.