Jeff Saviano and The Directors’ AI Ethics Forum

Jun 17, 2024Event Updates, News


While there has been much discussion around the responsible development and deployment of AI, how these responsibilities arise and apply to specific roles in business is less discussed. The Directors’ AI Ethics Forum aims to address this gap for corporate board members, bringing together a select group of leaders committed to advancing AI initiatives with integrity and responsibility. Participants will convene at Harvard Business School to discuss the critical intersection of AI opportunity, governance, and ethics. This Forum will explore key ethical issues related to the advancement of AI capabilities across various business sectors and aims to develop practical approaches to address the ethical issues that arise for corporate directors.

Attendees will participate in sessions led by Harvard professors, researchers, and other scholars, engaging in this important dialogue to share valuable experiences and gain insights from peers and industry experts.

This event is co-sponsored by Harvard Business School, the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and the GETTING Plurality Research Network of the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation.

Boston Global Forum contributes the Paper “Business Leaders to Build “The Knowledge Platform for AI and Ensure Equality of Opportunity in AI” to the AI Ethics Forum. Jeff Saviano, a BGF Executive Board member, is a key of organizers of the Forum.



8:00 – 8:30 AM DAY 1 – JUNE 1 7, 2024
8:30 – 9:15 AM Check In & Continental Breakfast Welcome, Introductions, Framing the Forum

5:00 – 5:45 PM Arrival & Registration
5:45 – 6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 8:30 PM Dinner & Opening Remarks

DAY 2 – JUNE 18, 2024
Discuss Forum objectives and the importance of corporate board oversight of its AI program: Why should companies pursue an ethics-based approach to AI governance?

9:15 – 10:30 AM AI: Foundations, Opportunities & Risks
Review the evolution of AI, the creation of new AI opportunities, AI risks to business and society at large, and emerging ethical AI principles.

10:30 – 10:45 AM Break

10:45 – 11:45 AM Practical Frameworks for AI Governance
Review current strategies addressing responsible AI governance, advance a practical AI ethics framework, and ground AI governance in the ‘stakeholder capitalism’ framework.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Legal & Regulatory Landscapes
Review board oversight standard articulated by the 1996 Caremark decision and its progeny, and extend this oversight standard to AI governance, and survey global developments.

12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch & Lightning Talks

2:00 – 2:45 PM Extended Ethical Practices
Advance AI ethical practices and frameworks that yield benefit for both society and the business sector.

2:45 – 3:30 PM Forum Closing & Next Steps
Identify key takeaways from the Forum and discuss opportunities to advance the field of practical AI ethics for corporate boards and management teams.

Jeff Saviano, BGF Board Member