Anja Kaspersen

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI); IEEE

As a senior fellow at Carnegie Council of Ethics and International Affairs, Anja Kaspersen co-chairs the Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI). She is also a director for Global Markets Development, Frontier Technologies at the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization.

Kaspersen is the former director of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva and Deputy Secretary General of the Conference on Disarmament. Previously, she held the role as head of strategic engagement and new technologies at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Prior to joining the ICRC she served as a senior director for geopolitics and international security and a member of the Executive Leadership Committee at the World Economic Forum.

Kaspersen is a former Norwegian diplomat and has had a rich diplomatic, private sector, and academic career. She is a published author and global speaker. Kaspersen is an alumni International Gender Champion, a co-founder of the IEEE Life Science Innovation and AI Industry Connections Program, and a member of the Council of the International Military Council on Climate and Security.

Featured Work

MAR 16, 2023 Podcast

From Another Angle: Trailer to the Series, with Host Hilary Sutcliffe

In this new Carnegie Council podcast series, Hilary Sutcliffe, a member of the Artificial Intelligence & Equality (AIEI) Board of Advisors, explores fresh perspectives from some ...

FEB 7, 2023 Podcast

Technology Governance and the Role of Multilateralism, with Amandeep Singh Gill

In this AIEI podcast Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow Wendell Wallach and Senior Fellow Anja Kaspersen are joined by Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill, UN Secretary-General Guterres' envoy on ...

JAN 24, 2023 Article

Now is the Moment for a Systemic Reset of AI and Technology Governance

How can we ensure that the technologies currently being developed are used for the common good, rather than for the benefit of a select few? ...

OCT 17, 2022 Article

Recommended "Artificial Intelligence & Equality" Podcasts for Global Ethics Day 2022

These podcasts cover many of the issues that AIEI has been focused on over the past year. On this Global Ethics Day, we encourage you ...

SEP 29, 2022 Article

Long-termism: An Ethical Trojan Horse

"Long-termism," the idea that the fate of humanity should be our top moral priority, has gained prominence recently in the writings of philosopher William MacAskill ...

SEP 6, 2022 Podcast

Ethics, Digital Technologies, & AI: Southeast Asian Perspectives, with Elina Noor

In this Artificial Intelligence & Equality podcast, Senior Fellow Anja Kaspersen is joined by Asia Society Policy Institute's Elina Noor for a talk on how we ...

AUG 18, 2022 Article

Who Decides Who Decides What Conversations Are Allowed About Artificial Intelligence?

In the development, use, and purchasing of AI systems, it is important to ask questions about who holds power, what conversations we areā€”and are ...

JUN 15, 2022 Article

Deus ex machina or Diabolus ex machina?

"Whenever we see or hear something that resembles "deus ex machina," or an inexplicable use of technology that resolves itself too simply or easily, we ...

MAY 25, 2022 Podcast

New War Technologies & International Law: The Legal Limits to Weaponizing Nanomaterials, with Kobi Leins

In a fascinating podcast, Senior Fellow Anja Kaspersen speaks with Kobi Leins about her new book "New War Technologies and International Law: The Legal Limits ...

MAY 9, 2022 Podcast

Any Progress in Building Moral Machines? with Colin Allen

Much has been said about the inability of tech and AI developers to grapple with ethical theory and inherent tension. Similarly, philosophers are often criticized ...