Anja Kaspersen, serving as the Director for Global Markets Development at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), plays a significant role in the realm of technology and AI systems governance. Her work at IEEE is centered around Frontier Issues and Emerging Spaces, where she focuses on the thoughtful advancement of technology.
As a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Kaspersen co-leads the AI and Equality Initiative. This role is dedicated to fostering a nuanced approach to ethics in technology and AI governance and international affairs, emphasizing the promotion of informed public civic ethics and engaging in meaningful discourse.
Previously, Kaspersen held the position of Director at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva and served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. In these roles, she was pivotal in highlighting the effects of emerging technologies on international security, especially in arms control and non-proliferation dialogues.
Her extensive background includes positions with the United Nations, the European Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Economic Forum, and a diplomatic career with the Norwegian Government. Her experience in the private sector and academic roles has provided her with deep and varied insights. These experiences have equipped her with a unique blend of diplomatic expertise and proven leadership in complex processes, combining technical knowledge, anthropological curiosity, and political savvy.
Kaspersen also serves on the Standing Committee on Ethical Matters of INTERPOL,is involved with the International Military Council on Climate and Security and is an alumna International Gender Champion.