Head of Research & Advisory
Yolanda leads research and advisory projects across AI policy topics including ethics, safety, cybersecurity, mitigating the social & economic impacts of AI, and more. She leads the ‘Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Development’ (HAID) program which builds evidence-based frameworks in AI policy, regulation and governance to support countries’ capacity-building efforts to harness responsibly artificial intelligence to achieve their development objectives and Sustainable Development Goals. This includes developing and advising national AI strategies (e.g. Rwanda’s National AI Strategy) and international AI policies (e.g. for OECD, World Bank). Beyond research and advisory, Yolanda directs graduate-level courses on AI policy at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and IE University in Madrid.
Yolanda has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelors degrees in Economics and European Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Yolanda previously advised Fortune 500 multinationals on machine learning, innovation and market entry strategy as a business strategy consultant in Copenhagen. She also worked on digital trade and regulation at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and authored several reports on global labor markets at The Conference Board in New York. Yolanda speaks English, French, Romanian, Turkish and Italian.