Dr. Elif Kiesow Cortez

Dr. Elif Kiesow Cortez is a research fellow at Stanford Law School and collaborates with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI. Elif works in designing governance mechanisms for responsible and ethical deployment of technology. Elif has worked in policy advisory, project management, and academic roles on the governance of emerging technologies. In the recent years, Elif has acquired several research grants for projects on tech governance and policy including those commissioned by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on the governance of Artificial Intelligence, by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) on the governance of quantum technology, and by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security on the regulatory governance of blockchain technology.  

Elif is an expert on behavioral strategies for effective tech policies addressing cooperation problems between public and private actors. She provides policy advice and delivers professional trainings on responsible technology for corporate executives and public officers internationally. Elif has also founded and led the AI & LegalTech Lab which collaborated with public and private sector organizations for mapping regulatory solutions in complex technology matters. She has served as an advisory board member for projects of leading institutions including the UNFCCC (UN Climate Change), European Research Council, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Previously, Elif was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School. Her doctoral research at the Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany, was fully funded by the German Research Association (DFG). During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at Harvard Business School and at UC Berkeley School of Law. Elif utilizes economic analysis and empirical methods to provide policy recommendations in the domains of tech ethics, data privacy, and AI governance. Elif supports organizations by offering guidance on achieving effective policy dialogue across domains and jurisdictions regarding responsible deployment of technology.

Contact: ekc@elifkiesowcortez.com