Raj Shekhar is the Founder and Executive Director at AI Policy Exchange, an international cooperative association of individuals and institutions working at the intersection of AI and public policy, with the mission to produce deliverables that can create an AI-literate society and inform better AI policies. As an Affiliated Scholar at CITRIS Policy Lab, University of California, Berkeley, Raj is collaborating with Dr. Brandie Nonnecke (Founding Director) on research related to the governance of AI. As Consultant (Data, AI) at International Innovation Corps (IIC) of The University of Chicago, Raj is supporting (a) operations of the Open Data Working Group, an initiative by IDFC Institute and IIC to advance India’s open data aspirations, and (b) IIC’s engagement with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India aimed at building capacity for data and AI innovation through policy and program implementation. Raj also sits on the Founding Editorial Board of Springer Nature’s AI and Ethics Journal.
Earlier last year, Raj was featured as a leader in the Responsible Tech ecosystem in the Responsible Tech Guide brought out by All Tech Is Human in partnership with NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology. He was recently declared a DIET Champion for 2021 by DataEthics4All for his demonstrated commitment to Data and Diversity, Inclusion and Impact, Ethics and Equity in Teams and Technology (DIET).
Raj holds an integrated Bachelor’s in Law and Humanities from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.