Remarks of Governor Michael Dukakis, Chair of Boston Global Forum, to honor Dr. Alondra Nelson

Apr 28, 2024News

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests,


It is with great pleasure and honor that I stand before you today to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Dr. Alondra Nelson as she receives the prestigious 2024 World Leader in AI World Society Award.

Dr. Nelson’s illustrious career is a testament to her unwavering commitment to advancing public policy, governance of artificial intelligence, and our understanding of the societal dimensions of AI development and deployment. As the former Deputy Assistant to President Joe Biden and Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Nelson has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of AI governance and policy.

Her leadership at the OSTP led to the development of the groundbreaking “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights,” a significant milestone that has been integrated into federal policy under President Biden’s executive order. Dr. Nelson’s efforts have also been instrumental in expanding taxpayer access to federally funded research, advancing evidence-based policymaking, and championing equity and excellence in STEM fields.

Dr. Nelson’s achievements are well recognized and speak volumes about her impact on the global stage. Identified by Nature as one of the top 10 influencers in science and named to the TIME100 list of the most influential people in AI, her dedication and expertise have garnered international acclaim. Additionally, her nomination by the Biden-Harris administration and appointment to the UN High-Level Advisory Board on AI by Secretary-General António Guterres, highlights her pivotal role in shaping global AI governance.

Today, we gather to honor Dr. Nelson’s extraordinary contributions to society and to express our profound gratitude for her tireless efforts in advancing civil and human rights, democratic freedoms, and responsible AI practice. Her unwavering dedication exemplifies the core principles of the AI World Society initiative, and her vision continues to inspire us all as we navigate the complexities of the AI age.

In addition, I am pleased to note the Boston Global Forum’s pioneering efforts in AI governance since 2017 through the AI World Society Initiative. From its inception, BGF has been at the forefront of advocating for responsible and ethical AI development, striving to ensure that the benefits of AI are equitably distributed for all and that its potential risks are mitigated.

As Chair of Boston Global Forum, I am particularly gratified to witness the realization of BGF’s recommendations in AI governance. The impact of our collective efforts underscores the importance of collaboration and shared vision as we work through the challenges of the AI Age.

BGF’s commitment to advancing AI governance continues to strive for positive change and shape the future of technology policy on a global scale.

Dr. Nelson, on behalf of the Boston Global Forum and all those gathered here today, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to you. Your achievements are a beacon of hope for a future where technology serves the betterment of humanity. We are privileged to recognize your outstanding contributions and look forward to the continued impact of your work.

Thank you.