Our Team

AI Asia Pacific Institute supports an interdisciplinary environment. We believe that a proactive interdisciplinary approach is required to well-respond to new and future challenges imposed by AI.

Our team brings a wide range of disciplines and perspectives who share the vision of encouraging trustworthy AI as a foundation to innovation.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Kelly Forbes

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Kelly is passionately building bridges between stakeholders across government, business, academia, and broader society to better navigate the implications of artificial intelligence.

Luis F. Gonzalez

DIRECTOR
Advisor to the Veritas Consortium led by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The consortium has an overarching mandate to implement the FEAT principles (Fairness, Ethics, Accountability, Transparency) as critical considerations for the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) technologies within financial institutions.

RESEARCH

Mark Manantan

RESEARCH FELLOW
Mark Bryan Manantan is a research fellow at the AI Asia Pacific Institute. Concurrently, he is also the resident Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan.

ADVISORY BOARD

David R. Hardoon

SINGAPORE
David pioneered the regulator and central bank adoption of data science as well as establishment of the Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparency (FEAT) principles, first-of-a-kind guidelines for adopting Artificial Intelligence in the financial industry, as well as establishing the MAS-backed Veritas consortium.

Vincent Vuillard

NEW ZEALAND
Vincent has deep expertise in large scale transformations across multiple industries and sectors globally, having been with McKinsey & Company for a number of years before moving into the Corporate sector, where he led the Strategic Capabilities and Future of Work function for Fonterra, a $20bn organisation with more than 22,000 employees globally.

Philippa Penfold

AUSTRALIA
Throughout her career Pip managed many technology implementations and today supports HR functions and companies with their digital transformation. Pip frequently speaks on the Future of Work and the role HR needs to play in finding synergy between Humans and Artificial Intelligence within organisations.

Dr Antonio Feraco

SINGAPORE
With a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a MSc in Industrial Engineer and a PMP®, Antonio ran successful projects in IOT and I4.0 for Oil and Gas, Mining and Pharma, and has joined several international and large initiatives in EU and ASEAN, as a Digitisation and Industry 4.0 expert.

Daniel Spencer

SINGAPORE
Daniel has held senior roles with the Danish and Irish Governments in their Trade & Investment Divisions and today acts as the Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Sleek, Singapore’s fastest growing digital Corporate Secretary and Accounting Firm.

Richard Kelly

AUSTRALIA
Richard is a member of Deloitte’s Digital Technology Risk team and is the Risk Advisory representative within Deloitte’s Australian AI Institute.

Byoungchan (Ben) Eum

SOUTH KOREA
Ben leads clients from strategy formulation to execution in creating B2C and B2B businesses with more than 20 years of experience in global consulting firms, major IT companies, and global artificial intelligence start-ups.

May Leng Kwok

SINGAPORE
May establishes relationships with key stakeholders and influencers in the region across local government, trade unions, employer federations, professional institutes, research bodies and universities to champion better work and better working lives. She works collaboratively with key partners and clients across APAC to help them define and diagnose their learning needs and work with them to create sustainable development programmes.

PODCAST DESIGN & PRODUCTION

Jordan Lederman

PODCAST EDITOR
With a BA in Audio Design & Production from Columbia College Chicago, Jordan has over 7 years of experience in sound design, dialogue editing, and mixing.

COMMUNICATIONS

Xenia Batllori

Communications Director
Xenia has 20 years of experience in the industry, with a background in production of Feature Films (e.g. Percy Jackson, The A Team, The Twilight Saga) and over 20 different TV programs (e.g. Smallville, True Blood). She has an Associate Degree from University of British Columbia, with a Masters Degree in Intercultural Communications from Royal Roads University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Yale University.