Microsoft, Dana-Farber heads among leaders of World Economic Forum tech policy councils

The World Economic Forum has formed six councils to advise governments and companies on implementing new technologies such as artificial intelligence, precision medicine and blockchain in ways that will benefit society.

The Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils are led by experts in their respective fields, spanning academia, civil society and the public and private sectors, including leaders from Microsoft, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the World Bank and more. They met for the first time in San Francisco this week and, together, will develop policy guidance to help mitigate the risks associated with emerging technology.

The councils and their chairs are:

  • Global Precision Medicine Council: Laurie Glimcher, president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Peer Schatz, CEO of QIAGEN; and Wang Chen, president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • Global Artificial Intelligence Council: Bradford Smith, president of Microsoft, and Lee Kai-Fu, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures.
  • Global Blockchain Council: Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and founder of BitPesa, and Denis Robitaille, vice president of information and technology solutions of the World Bank.
  • Global Internet of Things Council: Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm; Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for digital economy and society of the European Commission; and Adrian Lovett, president and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation.
  • Global Drones and Aerial Mobility Council: Violeta Bulc, commissioner for transport of the European Commission.
  • Global Autonomous and Urban Mobility Council: Brian Gu Hong-Di, vice-chairman and president of Xpeng Motors; Keiichi Ishii, Japan's minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism; and Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.

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