Expert in AI, Race & Policy

Photo credit: Disruption Network/Photographer is Maria Silvano  Berlin 2019

Photo credit: Disruption Network/Photographer is Maria Silvano

Berlin 2019


Nkonde conducts qualitative research on the impact AI Technologies have on Black communities.

Legislative Work

While working as an advisor Nkonde was involved in the introduction of the following bills to the House of Representatives:

  • Algorithmic Accountability Act, 2019

  • Deep Fakes Accountability Act, 2019

  • No Biometric Barriers in Housing Act, 2019

Press Coverage

She writes widely on race and AI. You can find her work in the following outlets.


Mutale Nkonde is the Founding Executive Director of AI For the People (AIFTP) a non-profit that uses popular culture to educate Black communities about the civil rights implications of the integration of AI systems into public life.

Prior to this, she worked in AI Governance and was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic and Deep Fakes Algorithmic Acts, as well as the No Biometric Barriers in Housing Act during her time as a policy advisor. She is currently a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center of Internet & Society at Harvard University.

She speaks about

  1. AI Governance

  2. Women, Race and Technology

  3. Black communities and online disinformation

  4. Disinformation during 2020


Please the following attribution when quoting Mutale Nkonde in the press

Mutale Nkonde, Executive Director AI for the People & fellow Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University



Mutale Nkonde will be speaking at the following events:

September 2019

  • 17th Black Enterprise TCX Tech Event

  • 18th EmTech, MIT Technology Review, Cambridge, MA

  • 21st Annual Conference University of Frankfurt, Germany

October 2019

  • 18th Decoded Future Conference New York City

  • 29th University of Washington, Seattle, WA

November 2019

  • 2nd Blackish in 2020 Launch, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • 5th The Social Power of Immersive AI Story Telling, MIT Documentary Lab

  • AI Radical Futures, Keynote A More Just Technology, Hamburg, Germany

April 2020

  • 17th Information Architecture Conference, Key Note, New Orleans, LA

Ms. Nkonde is a seasoned speaker and discusses AI, Race and Governance across the globe.

Unfortunately you missed ….

  • Afrotectopia AI for Black Future, New York City

  • Moderator on a panel on AI, Race and Policy at the CODE 2040 Summit, San Francisco

  • Panelist on a discussion on AI Governance, AI NOW, New York City

  • AI for Human Rights, Columbia Law School, New York City

  • Luncheon Speaker, Center of Internet and Policy, Princeton University

Past International Engagements

  • AI Traps, gave a keynote on AI and Discrimination, Berlin, Germany

  • Discussions on AI, panelist, Toronto Public Library, Canada

  • AI Can Be Racist, panelist, University of Toronto



Mutale spoke at a major event (400+ people) at the Toronto Public Library on the social cost of the information age, and she shone on our stage!

During her discussion with other expert panelists, we witnessed the depth and breadth of her knowledge on issues ranging from AI ethics/governance to how technology replicates social injustices/problems. More importantly, she used her charm and intelligence to break down complex issues into relatable stories that the audience could learn from.

— Jorge Amigo, Senior Producer , Toronto Public Library, June 2019


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