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Ethics, Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights


Dr Catriona Wallace is an entrepreneur in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning fields.

Catriona also has a global reputation as a leading practitioner, speaker and media commentator on Responsible Technology, AI Ethics and the Future of Work. Dr Wallace is the CEO of Ethical AI Advisory, the Chair of Venture Capital fund Boab AI and she was the Founder of Flamingo AI, a Machine-Learning company with headquarters in New York and Sydney.

Current Work:

With a passion for encouraging women to pursue careers in STEM and leadership, Dr Wallace has deep insight and experience in the fields of gender equality, diversity and inclusion. She is an Adjunct Professor with a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and brings a strong evidence-based approach to her work and speaking topics.

Dr Wallace has a long list of accolades including being recognised by The Australian Financial Review as the most influential woman in business & entrepreneurship. Catriona was inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia, recognising her as one of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists. Advance Australia recognised Catriona as the leading ex-pat working abroad in technology and innovation.

Not only an award-winning leader in technology, Dr Wallace has also achieved significant awards in innovation and financial services. In large part, this success comes as a result of her ability to analyse business strategy, data and to identify where technology can augment humans and automate processes.

As one of the world’s most-cited experts in Artificial Intelligence, Catriona has established herself as the innovative go-to expert for organizations undergoing digital transformation and optimizing operations with a focus on AI-driven customer and employee experience. As a result, she's the most natural authority to consult with when looking at ways to introduce emerging technologies into business.

Previous Experience:

Catriona founded artificial intelligence FinTech company Flamingo AI providing Machine Learning based Subject Matter Experts for enterprises in the US and Australia. Flamingo AI was the second only female-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Catriona then went on to establish one of the world’s first responsible technology consultancies, Ethical AI Advisory, purely focused on developing Ethical AI frameworks and capabilities for organisations concerned with the potential risks that AI may pose. Catriona also Chairs a VC fund that is dedicated to supporting young AI companies.

Talking Points

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation

AI is the fastest-growing tech sector in the world, driving the digital transformation of both public and private sector organisations. Leaders are asking what is the best way to transform operations to leverage AI and other emerging technologies such as blockchain, IoT, cybersecurity, 5G, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality? And what role do humans play in a digitised business and economy? The need for this knowledge has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Dr Wallace presents the state of the market for AI and emerging technologies and shares how organisations should think about the Digital Transformation of their current operations and people.

Key takeaways
- State of the emerging technology market
- Briefing on the AI sector
- Models for Digital Transformation
- How to manage Humans, processes and ethics
- Expected benefits and costs of technology-led transformation
- Future-proofing

Responsible Technology & the AI Ethicist

As evidenced in the hit film, ‘The Social Dilemma’ big tech is controlling much of what we consume, read, like and do. But does the technology sector have our best interests at heart? Are the commercial drivers for technology not aligned to individual and society’s values? And who is regulating this largely uncontrolled sector and what can we do about it? In this presentation, Dr Wallace discusses the role of big tech, the good and the bad, and how models of Responsible Technology with Ethics and Human Rights at its core and the rise of the ‘Ethical Leader’ must be the way forward.

Key takeaways:
- The role of Big Tech, AI and Algorithmic Decision Making
- Regulation and control of AI and emerging tech
- Models of Responsible Technology
- Ethics & Human Rights technology Frameworks
- The attributes of the Ethical Leader

The Future of Work

- Human + Machine
- The Dangers of Gender Bias
- Educating for the Future

AI is now the fastest growing technology sector globally, expanding in investment 12-fold over the next 5 years. AI is expected to replace 1.8 million jobs and it will generate 2.3 million jobs in the next 12 months. But whose jobs are these? And how do organisations gear up for having digital employees as well as human employees? Dr Wallace presents a discussion on the Future of Work that is AI-driven where machines augment human workers and automate work functions. Is this all going to be good? What could go wrong? Dr Wallace presents the skills and capabilities that leaders and organisational designers, operations, HR professionals and Educators need to know about the coming of the human+machine era.

Key takeaways
- State of the AI market
- The changing nature of jobs: AI-augmented and automated work
- Workplace risks through gender bias
- Skills needed for managing the new era of human+machine
- The attributes of an AI & digital savvy leader
- Characteristics of an Ethical Technology Leader

Diversity & Inclusion

- Women in Leadership
- Gender Bias in Code
- Women in STEM
- The Heroine’s Journey
- Learning Consent (teaching sexual consent and other consent models)

Dr Catriona Wallace shares her story of being a leader of an Artificial Intelligence company in the US and Australia, seeking investment and being one of the few women leading a Listed technology company. Catriona, using humour and real-life examples, will share her experiences and unconventional ways of navigating difficult environments in order to achieve her goals, including raising her five children along the way.

Dr Wallace draws on the broad field of Diversity and Inclusion to create bespoke presentations that will align with your brief, audience and organisation.

Key takeaways:
- Models for Women in Leadership and in STEM
- How to program and/or code ethically
- The Heroine’s Journey model - navigating women’s career experiences
- Models for Women of Power and the Good Men who support them
- Technical training in sexual consent and other consent models

United Polarity: Dealing with Polarisation in the Workplace

We live in a world that is highly polarised. Young people think this is the first time this has happened - they are experiencing Government intervention, vaccination mandates and control. Yet this is not the first time our generations have faced global upheaval and polarisation. Indeed, it has happened at least 33 major times in the last century.

When polarisation happens, it is usually your tribe polarised with another. This time the polarisation is within the tribe. Work colleagues, teammates, families, friendships, relationships - all are experiencing polarisation within their own tribes. So, what happens to a team or an organisation where there is a high level of polarity? How do you manage through this?

In this presentation, Dr Catriona Wallace, explores the concept of United Polarity, where the existence of polarised positions, although seemingly counter, actually can work to produce a stronger team.

Key Takeaways:
- Understanding polarity
- Developing practices to manage polarity within teams
- Utilising polarity to forge stronger bonds and create stronger teams
- How to reduce organisational angst and friction
A highlight of the afternoon. We were all inspired by Catriona's wisdom on so many issues. Australia needs hundreds more inspirational leaders like Catriona for our future. Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

Catriona is the real deal in innovation and business today. She provides invaluable insights and brings her real-life experience and intelligence to the discussion.

Australian Financial Review

One of the best presentations that I have seen. Dr Wallace used audience participation and her own personal story as a woman to highlight the challenges and opportunities in the tech industry. We would certainly ask Dr Wallace to present again at any of our future events to students and alumni.

AGSM UNSW Business School

Catriona has made a valuable contribution to CUA as both as a partner and as an educational speaker.

CUA Health

Catriona Wallace provided a memorable experience for our first AI Masterclass at Upward Hartford. Dr. Wallace engaged the audience from start to finish, encouraging active participation throughout the session and inspiring direct collaboration among participants. The content was informative & accessible for all levels of industry knowledge and experience, which is especially important for a hub such as ours that attracts tech experts, students & entrepreneurs across industries. We so look forward to welcoming Catriona back for future sessions!


Dr Catriona Wallace was a drawcard for our Conference. She had the full room engaged from the start and it was clear from all of our feedback the topic resonated with our delegates.

APIG National Conference

One of the best presentations that I have seen. Dr Wallace used audience participation and her own personal story as a woman to highlight the challenges and opportunities in the tech industry.

AGSM UNSW Business School

Dr. Wallace is among the most dynamic speakers that have graced our stage at the Auto Insurance Report National Conference in our 22 years.

Auto Insurance Report National Conference
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