Tarek R. Besold
AI & Emerging Technologies Specialist
Dr. Tarek R. Besold is AI & Emerging Technologies Specialist on The Future Society’s team supporting GIZ and the Government of Rwanda in developing Rwanda’s National AI Policy. He is an experienced researcher, innovator and communicator at the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, working on a broad range of topics from trustworthy AI (including explainable AI and privacy-preserving AI) to cognitive systems and computational creativity.
His past and present roles include the position of CTO at the Berlin-based AI-safety start-up Neurocat Gmbh, Chief Science Officer of Alpha Health in Barcelona (the digital mental health project within Telefonica’s moonshot factory Telefonica Innovation Alpha), an advisor role to the Boston-based digital health team at Dalang Technologies, Inc., and an appointment as Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Data Science at City, University of London.
In addition to his professional activities, Tarek holds positions as chairman of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN)’s National Working Group on Standards and Norms for AI and as a member of the AI Expert Council of Microsoft Germany. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier) and is a frequent reviewer for high-profile AI and Cognitive Science conferences and journals.