Valentine Goddard is a United Nations expert in AI Policy and Governance and a member of the Advisory Council on AI of Canada. Lawyer, certified mediator and inter-arts curator, Ms. Goddard is the founder and executive director of AI Impact Alliance, an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate a responsible implementation of AI, and accelerate the achievement of the 17 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. AI Impact Alliance is a founding member of the International Observatory on the Ethical and Social Impact of AI (OBVIA) and the Responsible AI Consortium (RAI). She is the lead architect of the AI on a Social Mission Conference, a respected international conference on the ethical and social implications of AI, and the Art Impact AI Programs, innovative projects that position the arts’ critical role in the future of AI and democracy.
Ms. Goddard provides analysis of emerging regulatory frameworks on AI and data governance including anticipatory foresight of their socioeconomic implications. She delivers programs that bridge civic engagement and knowledge mobilization with policy innovation for responsible AI strategies in digital democracies. Her work underscores the importance of trisectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration in AI, of gender equality in digital economies, and of sustainable AI and data governance in natural resource management. In her transdisciplinary and applied normative approach to AI ethics, she places special emphasis on human dignity, having initiated throughout her career cultural and social mediation projects promoting human rights.
She is recognized as one of the Top 50 Influencers in AI, Top 100 Women in AI Ethics, Top 100 Women Impact Entrepreneurs, and is regularly invited to speak internationally on the ethics of AI.