Dr Mahlet Zimeta is a data and technology policy expert. She has previously been Head of Public Policy at the Open Data Institute (ODI), founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, where she led the ODI’s engagement with the UK’s G7 Presidency on the Digital Track and the Health Track, and award-winning work on the development of the European Health Data Space. She also led the Royal Society’s science policy programme on digital disruption, and at the Alan Turing Institute (Britain’s national institute for data science and AI) she managed the Turing’s research partnerships in Health and in Finance/Economic Data Science.
She currently serves on the UK National Statistician’s Inclusive Data Advisory Committee, on Chatham House’s High-Level Taskforce on Responsible AI & Society, and as a Digital Expert for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.
As a journalist (byline MG Zimeta) she has written for The Paris Review and The Atlantic, among others, reported from Ukraine and Cambodia, and is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Mahlet studied Philosophy at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and York, and attended Young Königswinter Conference 2008.