Head of Research & Advisory
Yolanda leads AI policy research and advisory projects to harness the global opportunities that AI brings while mitigating the risks. She leads the ‘Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Development’ (RAI4D) program which creates the knowledge, capacity, and actionable tools for policymakers and key stakeholders to lead responsible adoption of AI for inclusive and sustainable social and economic development. This includes developing and advising national AI strategies in development contexts (e.g. Rwanda, Ghana and Tunisia’s National AI Policies) and international AI policies (e.g. for OECD, World Bank Digital Development, GIZ, Global Partnership on AI). Yolanda is appointed to the OECD AI Policy Observatory’s expert group on Implementing Trustworthy AI (ONE TAI). Yolanda taught AI policy at IE University in Madrid.
Yolanda has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelors in Economics from 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 on global human capital at The Conference Board in New York. Yolanda is Turkish-American and is based in San Francisco.