Dr. Joy Buolamwini
Currently, she is a spokesperson for Olay and has previously partnered with Levi’s and Apple. She is the protagonist of the Emmy-nominated documentary Coded Bias, available to more than 100 million viewers. Dr. Joy is the first Black researcher to grace the cover of Fast Company, appearing in the 2020 “Most Creative People” issue and has been named to notable lists, including Forbes “30 under 30”, The Bloomberg 50, TIME “Next 100,” and MIT Technology Review “35 under 25”. She is the recipient of several notable awards, including the Rhodes Scholarship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the inaugural Morals and Machines Prize, and the Technological Innovation Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and most recently the DVF Leadership Award for her work with artificial intelligence. She was selected as a 2022 Young Global Leader, the world’s most promising leaders under the age of 40 as determined by The World Economic Forum. Fortune Magazine named her the “conscience of the AI revolution.” Dr. Joy earned her Ph.D. from MIT and was awarded an honorary degree from Knox College.
“I’m on a mission to stop an unseen force that’ s rising – a force that I call ‘the coded gaze,’ my term for algorithmic bias,” said Joy. “Algorithmic bias, like human bias, results in unfairness. However, algorithms, like viruses, can spread bias on a massive scale, at a rapid pace.”
In her free time, she enjoys drawing and drumming. Before becoming an AI researcher at MIT, she was a track and field athlete who competed in pole vaulting.
Joy was selected as a 2020 Global Leadership Awards Honoree.