Responsible AI / Panelist

Tshilidzi Marwala

University of Johannesburg

South Africa

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is vice chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, where he also served as deputy vice chancellor and dean of engineering. Previously, he was a full professor and held two endowed chairs at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has published more than 20 books and over 300 papers, holds three international patents, and has received more than 45 awards, including the President’s Award from the National Research Foundation. He is a board member of Nedbank and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He has a doctorate in engineering from University of Cambridge.

Voting History

Statement Response
Organizations should tie their responsible AI efforts to their corporate social responsibility efforts. Strongly agree “Responsible AI is in many ways a human rights issue. When AI harms people, even when it is creating financial value to the shareholders, we should be concerned. As we embed AI in all aspects of organizations, it is important to continuously investigate the cost-benefit consequences. Naturally, the costs should include how responsible the deployed AI is. AI algorithms often arrive at organizations neutral and become biased based on the data they gain while they are used. It is therefore important to always keep in mind that much of the work to ensure responsible AI is done by people in organizations, and therefore responsible AI should become part of the culture in organizations.”
Responsible AI should be a part of the top management agenda. Strongly agree “Responsible AI is about the protection of people and remaining within the bounds of the law, so it is important.”