Speaker Profiles

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

Director

MIT Connection Science & Human Dynamics Lab

Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide initiative, and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world". He is on the Board of the UN Foundations' Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in forging the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of advisory boards for the UN Secretary General and the UN Foundation, and previously for the American Bar Association, Google, AT&T, and Nissan. He is a serial entrepreneur and member of the U.S. National Academies.

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