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.

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr 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.

Barbara Erskine

Barbara Erskine is a community builder, brand strategist and media relations professional. In Paris, she worked on the NYT Foreign Affairs Column with Flora Lewis. She led branding and media relations at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and created “Barbara’s Davos”, a parallel program for the media in Davos. She was Wired Magazine’s European Editor.

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.

Janet Wong

Hong Kong
Janet currently serves as an Investment Stewardship Specialist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Based in Hong Kong, she oversees investee companies’ social issues including supply chain and human rights. Janet has worked in the financial services industry since 2014. In her recent roles as an Investment Stewardship Specialist in London and Hong Kong, she engaged with listed companies on material ESG topics, including responsible use of technology, artificial intelligence and data governance. Her previous lead on the ESG theme AI Ethics and Data Governance at Federated Hermes Equity Ownership Services (EOS) was shortlisted as UNPRI Stewardship Project of the Year 2020.

Dr Wendy Bonython

Australia
Wendy Bonython is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Her research interests include technology law and regulation, privacy, and human rights law, with a particular emphasis on health related technologies. In addition to her legal skills, qualifications and experience, she also has a PhD in Molecular medicine, and previously worked in health administration and policy within the public sector.

RESEARCH AFFILIATES

Dr Seongwook Heo

South Korea
Before joining the Seoul National University Law School as a faculty member in 2006, Professor Heo served as a judge of Seoul Central District Court in Korea. He is mostly interested in the field of AI Ethics and Law, climate change and energy law, food safety law, IT & privacy law, and judicial system. He also participated in the process of framing the Green Growth Act and the Emission Trade Act, and revision of the Data Protection Law in Korea.

Dr Peter Leong

Singapore
Dr Leong is an AI Specialist and Senior Lecturer with the School of Computing, Singapore Polytechnic where he teaches Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Concurrently, he is a consultant in the Data Science and Analytics Centre (DSAC), where he works on industry projects in Data Science and AI. He worked on a consultancy project implementing Explainable AI for AI-driven HVAC optimization.

Hardeep Arora

Singapore
Hardeep has over 21 years of experience in analytics and data science technology in the financial services. He is based in Singapore and is the head of AI engineering for Temus. Hardeep has worked on numerous client engagements, including MAS Veritas, an initiative to strengthen internal governance around the application of AI and the management and use of data.

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.