Kay Firth-Butterfield

First Global Head of AI & Machine Learning for The World Economic Forum (2023), Chief Executive Officer of the Good Tech Advisory, World's First Chief AI Ethics Officer, Founder of the Responsible AI Institute & Lord Chief Justice's Advisory on AI & Law



Human Trafficking and Human Rights

Human Trafficking and Human Rights

Domestic Laws on Human Trafficking

Domestic Laws on Human Trafficking

Kay Firth-Butterfield received a 5 star rating across 25 events in 2023

Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager

"I highly recommend Kay Firth-Butterfield as a keynote speaker on artificial intelligence. With her extensive background as a barrister, judge, entrepreneur and technologist, Kay brings unparalleled expertise to the stage. As the CEO of Good Tech Advisory and the former Head of AI and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum, her insights on AI governance and ethics are invaluable. Kay's dedication to equitable AI usage and her engaging speaking style make her an exceptional choice for any event."

How to hire Kay Firth-Butterfield

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Kay Firth-Butterfield's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • AI Ethics
  • AI for Business
  • Educational Technology
  • Digital Business Transformation

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

"Kay was great - a total professional... Kay was excellent so thanks for sorting that out" - Charlotte, Creative Experiences Senior Manager, PwC

"Kay Firth-Butterfield joined our Executive Forum with our key customers in October 2023 in France and I was able to interview her on stage on AI Ethics questions which are currently on top of mind for our customers. Kay’s deep and broad knowledge of AI allowed Kay to raise a lot of awareness and to provide insight into how enterprises should respond to the questions raised by AI, both for AI created by technology companies or AI procured by enterprises in all industry sectors. Kay is very engaging and did not only show a lot of presence on stage but also had great follow-up discussions with customers over dinner and throughout the day." - Christian, Head of International Legal, Adobe

"Kay's talk was so interesting... we had a tech glitch during her talk but it didn't phase her at all." - Emma, Head of Content, Bett-Hyve Group

"Kay is simply amazing and one of the most caring people I have encountered in my career... She is extremely passionate about protecting people from the potential negative consequences of the use of technology, and it shows in every speech she gives and every article she writes. She is also incredibly well-spoken and very thoughtful in everything she says. It is my pleasure to have worked with her..." - Venkataraman, Digital Technology Leader

“At a high-profile event last week Kay was a guest speaker who took part in a fireside chat with one of our client’s senior business leaders, the topic being ‘Responsible innovation in the age of AI’.  Kay was a delight to work with throughout and had a wonderful presence onstage; professional, insightful, incredibly interesting but also with a very warm and friendly air. Kay was also very open pre-event to join a couple of calls, both to enable us to give her a full briefing but she also took the time to virtually meet with her ‘interviewee’ to discuss flow, key topics and develop a relationship which again ensured a much more cohesive, relaxed and engaging tone when in the live situation. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kay for any speaking engagement.” - Antonia, Senior Content Producer, Smyle

  • 2024 - Named on the Marquis Who's Who Maker's List of Emerging Innovators to Watch in 2024
  • 2024 - Keynote Speaker in a fireside chat at the Cognizant Chalet, Davos
  • 2024 - Recipient of the TIME100 AI Impact Award
  • 2023 - Chief Executive Officer of the Good Tech Advisory
  • 2023 - ED of the Centre for Trustworthy Technology
  • 2023 - Appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas
  • 2023 - Personally invited by the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, to speak on a Microsoft panel & advise him
  • 2020 - Associate Barrister for Doughty Street Chambers
  • 2019 - Master of the Inner Temple, London of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • 2017 - Head of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for the World Economic Forum
  • 2017 - Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum
  • 2017 - Member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Foundation for Responsible Robots
  • 2017 - Expert Advisor of the All Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence
  • 2016 - Executive Director & Founding Advocate of AI-Austin
  • 2016 - Distinguished Scholar at The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law
  • 2016 - Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Law School
  • 2014 - Chief Office of the Ethics Advisory Panel of Lucid AI
  • 2013 - Adjunct Professor of St. Mary's University School of Law
  • 2008 - North American Ambassador of the Consortium for Street Children
  • 2008 - Barrister & Master of Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court
  • 2006 - Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • 1998 - Judge of the UK Ministry of Justice
  • 1980 - Liveryman of the City of London of The Worshipful Company of Loriners