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Irene Ek

PhD and leader of the AI portfolio - Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis

Working groupClassification & risk
PositionPhD and leader of the AI portfolio

Irene Ek has developed a two-year AI policy programme to inform the Swedish Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation. Her work focuses on evidence based public policy guidance to foster AI and digitalisation. She recently managed a ministry assignment on digitalisation throughout the economy, leading to reports such as Digital maturity in firms, Man, machine and the future of work and Digital competence – a foresight. She has also written the book Digitalisation in firms. Previously, Dr. Ek worked as Policy Analyst at OECD, under the Working Party for Technology and Innovation Policy, where she managed a project on innovation in services. Prior to OECD, Dr Ek was Programme Manager in the ICT department at the Swedish Innovation Agency, where she specialised in all aspects of digital service research. Her policy oriented competence has been proven during numerous international assignments as expert. Dr. Ek was appointed to the European Commission’s expert panel on Service innovation, and she currently holds the position of innovation expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Dr. Ek has been appointed member to several board of directors and she holds a Ph.D. in Management from Stockholm University in Sweden.

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