Top 10 women AI leaders

By William Smith
The AI industry is only where it is today thanks to the work of a number of pioneering women. We profile just a few of them...

We take a closer look at the AI leaders who featured in our Top 100 Women in Technology, ranking them based on their position in the list.

10: Rana el Kaliouby...

 Rana el Kaliouby is the CEO and co-founder of human perception AI firm Affectiva. Having studied computer science at Cambridge and MIT, el Kaliouby founded Affectiva with the mission to recognise emotion via artificial intelligence. 

09: Shivon Zilis...

 Shivon Zilis is Project Director at Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company Neuralink. Zilis has plied her machine intelligence expertise at other AI industry greats, previously as project director at Tesla and currently as an OpenAI board member. 

08: Anna Patterson...

 Anna Patterson is founder and managing partner at Gradient Ventures, an AI-focused venture fund under Google’s umbrella, which Patterson founded in 2017. She was previously Google’s Vice President of Engineering. 

07: Kamelia Aryafar...

 Kamelia Aryafar is Google’s Chief Algorithms and Analytics Officer. Her role at the tech giant sees her applying the benefits of artificial intelligence and machine learning to retail businesses. 

06: Poornima Ramaswamy...

 Poornima Ramaswamy is Qlik’s EVP Global Solutions and Partners. Delivering AI analytics with Qlik Sense, the company turns data into active intelligence. She also holds a leadership role with Qlik’s Harvard Customer Advisory Group, for data and artificial intelligence executives. 

05: Fei-Fei Li...

 Fei-Fei Li is a Professor at the Computer Science Department of Stanford University. Her fame in the AI space is built on the ImageNet project, a labelled image dataset that heralded the arrival of deep learning. 

04: Daniela Rus...

 Daniela Rus is director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Rus’s research is comprehensive, with one aim being building robots capable of reconfiguring themselves without human intervention. 

03: Joy Buolamwini...

 Joy Buolamwini is founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, a pioneering organisation combating bias in AI. It’s work she began as a grad student at MIT and In 2020 she was part of efforts to discredit facial recognition systems which had different error rates corresponding to skin colour. 

02: Mariah Scott...

 Mariah Scott is the President of Verizon subsidiary Skyward, which is developing a raft of drone technologies including autonomous vehicles. A certified drone pilot herself, she previously served as the company’s COO. 

01: Lisa Su...

 Lisa Su has been President and CEO of AMD since 2014, previously serving as SVP and GM, Global Business Units. The Semiconductor company is a leader in the central and more importantly graphical processing units so vital for AI techniques. 

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