MKAI is committed to being inclusive; a safe space where anyone can learn, feel accepted and find ways to contribute. We lead with kindness, integrity and openness. In fact, our strength comes from this. We want to be the place where everyone feels comfortable to speak up; to politely challenge a view or ask a question, whether they are Data Scientist, a CEO, a student or an interested observer.
We are aware that Data Science is underrepresented in certain regions and that there is currently an unacceptable imbalance of genders in the industry. It is our mission to promote and celebrate the ideas and work of those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and showcase the brilliant female leaders in our industry. Sometimes we succeed in doing this, sometimes we fail. But we are always open to learning how we do this better and our partners (Pride in Business, The Bigger Pie, OpenEthics.ai) help us to improve and lead in this area. Whatever it takes, we want the AI industry to be more accessible, more inclusive, more equitable and more diverse.
What this means in practice is that at every MKAI event and on every project we contribute to, you can expect to see more than one gender represented on the stage, from the leadership team, on the project team and in the audience. We will provide women and BAME leaders the time that they need to discover and validate if we are a good fit for them, without pressuring them to speak or to get involved. We will invite women and BAME speakers first because we know there are fewer in the industry, and we will encourage women and BAME members of our audience to ask questions and speak up. Our Founder Richard Foster-Fletcher, the MKAI steering group and MKAI associates all strive to be recognised as allies for BAME and women leaders in our industry, making sure that we walk the talk and take the time to truly understand the issues and challenges that people face.
MKAI D&I Endorsements
"Let AI work for us and with us. Not humans working for AI. Let it be inclusive enough to recognize inherent dignity and worthiness of humans, regardless of where they reside on planet Earth...that's why I am a member of MKAI'S group where we get to discuss important themes in AI; ethics, inclusion, responsibility, sustainability and breakthroughs."
Delphine NyabokeIEEE Ambassador
"MKAI is truly special. It offers a welcoming community, access to world class speakers, the opportunity to learn about AI across every level, including how to break into the industry and advance your career. It does all of this in the most welcoming manner for everyone. MKAI actively attracts numerous outstanding women who deliver talks, workshops, and share their insights and I can't thank Richard and the team enough for doing so. It is a huge part of my enjoyment and ability to learn about an area I had previously felt was not accessible."
Bridget GreenwoodThe Bigger Pie
''MKAI is an open community of individuals, where everyone is given the space to be themselves, regardless of their religious believes, ethnicity, sexuality or economic standing. MKAI stands for digital learning, enlightenment and equality.''
Monika ManolovaPhD in Geographic Information Systems
"We are kind, we love, appreciate and embrace voices from all diversities, and become one strong voice. We are MKAI an epitome of diversity, inclusion and equality."
Jaisal SuranaSenior Business and Data Analyst TechMahindra
"STRENGTH lies in difference not in similarities.
MKAI is one such community where people from all over the world, with different profession and culture come together to discuss, learn and solve the issues related to AI. It is a community full of diverse ideas and cultures. This brings people more closer to solve the usecases which can help the society."
Manpreet BudhrajaData Engineer
"MKAI is always lively and always interesting. The community is generous with its thoughts, resources and humor and very importantly, it walks the walk on diversity and inclusion. The people gathered here are diverse in every sense, united by their curiosity and commitment to this genuinely welcoming and supportive forum. The discussions and friendships forming here are a million times better as a result, and personally I learn something new and wonderful from this group every day!"
Karen SilvermanCEO at The Cantellus Group
"Diversity is consciously seeing you, while inclusion is consciously embracing you. The MKAI family has shown that its not impossible to achieve both️"
Lavina RamkissoonConscious Creator & AI Strategist