Mr. Irakli Beridze

Mr. Irakli Beridze

Head of the United Nations Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (UNICRI)

Head of the United Nations Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (UNICRI)

More than 18 years of experience in leading multilateral negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement programmes and channels of communication with governments, UN agencies, international organisations, think tanks, civil society, foundations, academia, private industry and other partners on an international level.

Heading the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with the objective to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of AI through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, awareness-raising and global outreach activities.

Since 2014, Initiated and managed the first United Nations Programme on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Initiating and organizing number of high-level events at the United Nations General Assembly, and other international organizations. Finding synergies with traditional threats and risks as well as identifying solutions that AI can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He is responsible for initiating and organizing the UN training, educational and mentoring programmes worldwide on AI and Robotics for wide range of stakeholders.

He is a member of various of international task forces and working groups advising governments and international organizations on numerous issues related to international security, emerging technologies and global political trends. Initiated the establishment and coordinating the work of the United Nations Group of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance, as a forum for consultation and dialogue among permanent missions of the UN in New York.

Prior to joining UNICRI served as a special projects officer at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) undertaking extensive missions in politically sensitive areas around the globe.

Recipient of recognition on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW in 2013.