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Nicolas Economou

Nicolas Economou

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, H5; Chair, Law Initiative, The Future Society; Chair, Law Committee, IEEE Global Initiative

Nicolas Economou is the chief executive of H5. He was a pioneer in advancing the application of scientific methods, automation, and artificial intelligence in legal systems and in advocating norms for their governance. He chairs the Law Committees of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and of the Global Governance of AI Roundtable hosted in Dubai as part of the annual World Government Summit. He leads The Future Society’s Law and Society Initiative and is also a member of the Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI), a joint initiative of the MIT Media Lab and IEEE-SA.

Nicolas has been featured in Forbes magazine, and has spoken on issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and its governance at a wide variety of conferences and organizations, including the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), UN University, the World Web Forum, Harvard and Stanford Law Schools, and Renmin University of China. Nicolas was a member of the Law and Judiciary policy committee for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Trained in political science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva (Switzerland), he earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and chose to forgo completion of his M.P.A at Harvard’s Kennedy School in order to co-found H5.

Representative Speaking Engagements


Global Governance of AI Roundtable, World Government Summit, Speaker, Law Committee Chair, Dubai, UAE, February 10, 2019.


Artificial Intelligence in a Democratic Society, Moderator and Presenter, New York University Law School, New York, November 30-December 1, 2018.

“IEEE Global Initiative Law Committee Draft Principles for the Beneficial Adoption of A/IS in Legal Systems”, The First Summit on Digital Economy and the Future Rule of Law. Beijing, China, November 26, 2018.

Workshop on AI and Ethics, Presenter, co-hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, and MIT. Cambridge, MA. November 8, 9, 2018

Vendor Viewpoints on eDiscovery, Present & Future, Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute, November 16, 2018

IPI Panel: “Why Should We Design and Deploy Human-Compatible AI?”, International Peace Institute, United Nations University,  June 22, 2018

US-China AI Tech Summit, Half-Moon Bay, CA, June 29, 2018