100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ list – 2021


Given the pervasiveness of biased Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms and risk to human lives from flawed AI systems, there is an urgent need for open discussion and concrete action to address the perils of unchecked AI.

We can’t talk about ethics in AI without inclusion of women and other marginalized groups that are traditionally underrepresented in AI/tech. The Women in AI Ethics (WAIE) is a global initiative with a mission to increase recognition, representation, and empowerment of women in AI Ethics. This initiative started with the first 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics list in 2018, which is now published annually to recognize rising stars as well as pioneers in this space. To increase representation of women at AI/tech conferences and companies, we have also launched an open online directory of  Women in AI Ethics to make it easier for conference organizers and recruiters to recruit talented women working hard to make AI ethical, inclusive, and accessible for all.

Criteria for 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ list:

Unlike other industry lists, the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ list is not based on a ranking system nor is it dominated by “influencers” but rather we seek to highlight the hidden figures and unknown voices in this space. Over 50% of the names on our 2020 list were new and we will continue to use our platform to nurture the next wave of AI Ethics talent.

Everyone is welcome to nominate themselves or others for their relevant work in this space. Given that there are many talented women working in the Artificial Intelligence space, this list considers only those women who specifically work on AI ethics and meet the following criteria:

A) Self-identify as a woman*.

B) Primarily focus on ethical AI, responsible AI, or AI Ethics in any one or more of the 6 AI Ethics dimensions listed on the site.

C) Actively promote adoption of ethical/responsible AI AND diversity in their personal and/or professional capacity as an individual or as part of a larger organization.

D) Priority is given to individuals who represent and/or belong to traditionally marginalized or underrepresented groups in AI/Tech including but not limited to – Race (Black, Indigenous, WoC), LGBT+, Disability, Age (>40yr), Immigrant/Refugee, Region (non-US), Religion (minority), or socioeconomic status (lower/disadvantaged).

*We are emphatically trans-inclusive.


–  November 8 (extended to November 11): Deadline for nomination submissions

–  November 15 – 29: Review of nominations by the Advisory Board

– December 5: Final list published and shared at 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics summit

**This year we also introducing 2 new lists.**
HOF – Hall of Fame – Women leaders in AI Ethics
RS – Rising stars – Promising brilliant women in AI Ethics

Advisory Board – 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ List

The advisory board convenes once a year to curate the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ list. The members of this board are carefully selected for their commitment to AI Ethics and track record in fostering diversity in this space. Board members are not eligible to be considered for the 100 list to prevent any conflict of interest.

100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethicslist – 2021 Advisory Board members:

Women in AI Ethics™ Steering Committee:

Mia Shah-Dand
Mia Shah-Dand
Amy Chou
Amy Chou










Questions? Email us at DiversityinAI@gmail.com