Panel: Policy and Industry

Thursday, October 1st, 4pm EDT

Join experts Sharlina Hussain-Morgan (Foreign Service Officer), Paul McLachlan (Head of Data Science, Ericsson Research), Thania Sanchez (Senior Social Scientist, ACLU), and Remco Zwetsloot (Research Fellow, Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology) to learn about careers in policy and industry, transitions to and from academia, and the personal experiences of practitioners and researchers.

No recording is available. Please find the resource document summarizing advice from the workshop below.

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Sharlina Hussain-Morgan joined the Foreign Service 9.5 years ago—her tours span the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her DC assignments include the Rusk Fellowship at Georgetown University where she most recently taught her own disinformation class and the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Prior to Washington, Sharlina served in Ghana, Pakistan, Egypt, and the United Kingdom. While in Karachi, Pakistan, she served as spokesperson and led interagency U.S. government communications for Sindh and Balochistan provinces. She holds a B.S. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a M.A. in conflict resolution from Georgetown University. She is a native Bengali speaker, speaks Urdu fluently, and speaks Spanish and Arabic intermediately.

Dr. Paul Lachlan is AI Research Leader at Ericsson Research, Silicon Valley. At Ericsson, he develops new Artificial Intelligence technology that uses 5G and edge computing to support augmented and virtual reality. He is particularly interested in data privacy, trustworthy network architecture, and hardware security. His research focuses on integrating differential privacy into environmental understanding for purposes of spatial mapping and interactive media. He also leads a research initiative that seeks to understand how to deploy Trustworthy AI systems for real-time workloads.

Dr. Thania Sanchez is a Senior Social Scientist in the Analytics team at the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to joining the ACLU, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. At the ACLU she produces quantitative research to support the ACLU’s litigation and advocacy campaigns. Thania got her BA in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and her PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Remco Zwetsloot is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) focused on global talent flows in AI and their policy implications. His writing on AI has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Lawfare and other publications. He is also a Research Affiliate and Ph.D. (D.Phil.) Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Center for the Governance of AI. He has previously worked at OpenAI and holds degrees from Yale University (M.Phil., Political Science), the University of Oxford (M.Phil., International Relations) and University College Roosevelt (B.A., Social Science). More information here.