Pradeepan Parthiban

Former AI & Modern Slavery Research Fellow

Pradeepan Parthiban was an AI & Modern Slavery Research Fellow in the Modern Slavery Programme at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.

Prior to joining the Centre, Mr Parthiban worked at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he managed and developed their new Technology and Human Rights Program and continues his research in areas impacting human rights such as content moderation in emerging media and foreign election integrity.

Mr Parthiban has co-authored reports on topics such as “Reimaging Investing in Frontier Technology” and “Ethics, AI and Human Rights.” In addition to this, he has served as a Business Development and Outreach Coordinator at the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative, coordinating on portfolios related to making CubeSat technology more accessible, affordable and inclusive. He is also a co-founder of RiskBoard, a company incubated at and funded by Harvard and MIT, which focuses on using Machine Learning and AI to highlight global human rights abuses around the world. He has worked in multiple disciplines such as policy, law, business, and civil society with a long-term vision of eradicating modern slavery through the application of innovative solutions through public-private partnerships and technology.

Prior to his work in the human rights world, he was a Business Strategy Lead for an environmentally-conscious Hyperloop pod design team, winning an Innovation Award from SpaceX. He also did Business Strategy for Firefly Aerospace, a company building rockets providing low-cost and economical access to space. There, he helped launch Firefly Academy, an organization helping disadvantaged students build rockets with full launch capabilities. Alongside his professional and academic career, Pradeepan has a long history of volunteering in local refugee resettlement and anti-human trafficking agencies, strongly committed to shaping a world where technology can help and empower the disadvantaged in the world.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Management from Harvard University, and recently completed a tenure at Oxford University in International Human Rights Law.

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