Baroness Joanna Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields OBE is a tech industry veteran, parliamentarian, and passionate advocate for responsible technology that benefits humanity. With over three decades of experience, she has built companies, products, and platforms that have transformed markets and reshaped industries. She has held executive roles at tech giants Facebook, Google, Aol and RealNetworks, where she scaled operations globally and delivered exponential growth in revenue and users. As a startup CEO, Joanna led Bebo and Veon to successful acquisitions and transformed BenevolentAI into a leader in AI drug discovery. Currently, as the founder of Precognition, she advises government and business leaders on AI solutions for a better future.


Joanna has served in government as the UK Minister for Internet Safety & Security, Digital Economy Adviser to the Prime Minister, UK Ambassador for Digital Industries, and Chair/CEO of TechCityUK. She is a life peer in the House of Lords and a leading global advocate for the protection of children online. She founded the WeProtect Global Alliance in 2014, which today has over 100 member countries working to combat online sexual abuse and child exploitation.
Baroness Shields has also served on various private, public, and charitable sector boards, including as Chair of the TechCity Investment Corporation and non-executive board member of the London Stock Exchange Group and Save the Children UK.


An influential voice on responsible AI, Joanna serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on AI and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity and was twice elected Co-Chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). The uniting theme of her work today is advancing safe and responsible AI development for the benefit of all in society.

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