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UN’s AI for Good Impact Initiative: Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei Appointed Chairperson

by Madaline Dunn

AI for Good, a United Nations (UN) platform dedicated to leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) for positive global impact, has appointed Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei as Chairperson of the AI for Good Impact Initiative.

The initiative was launched by ITU, the UN agency for digital technology, to leverage AI to address global challenges and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The appointment of Dr Ebtesam Almazrouei was announced at the AI for Good Global Summit 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Almazroue will chair the Executive Impact Initiative board known as the Executive Impact Circle, spearheading its vision and strategic direction.

The group gathers high-level representatives from government, non-governmental organisations, industry, and academia.

It was shared that the initiative will support projects, challenges, collaboration efforts, AI governance and Frameworks, capacity building, AI resources and studies, regional programming, and projects carried out by the global AI for Good community.

The initiative aims to raise 20,000,000 CHF annually to achieve scale and global impact across all UN’s 17 SDGs.

In addition, it will also support and foster the participation of developing countries in AI for Good programming and initiatives.

“AI presents a unique opportunity to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” commented Dr. Almazrouei.

“We should work together to foster strategic collaboration for inclusive development and scalable AI solutions to advance the world and benefit humanity through responsible, inclusive, and sustainable applications of AI.”

Dr. Almazrouei is a Senior AI Consultant for the ITU, and has been listed among the Leading AI Women in the World, as well as receiving the Global Leadership Women in Tech MENA Award in 2023. She has also held prominent roles at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi, including Executive Director, Acting Chief AI Researcher, and Co-Founder of the Al-Cross Center Unit (AICCU).

Further, she established and led the AI department at TII, and spearheaded the development of Falcon AI generative models, which include the Middle East’s first open-source LLM, Falcon 40B, and Falcon 180B.

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