ALLAI is an independent organization dedicated to drive and foster Responsible AI

ALLAI is an initiative of Catelijne Muller, Virginia Dignum and Aimee van Wynsberghe, the three Dutch members of the EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence.


We are at a crucial point in time in determining the right conditions and boundaries for AI, so that we can reap the benefits while at the same time avoid its risks and address its challenges.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to have significant advantages for society: consider applications in sustainable agriculture, safer transport, a safer financial system, more environmentally friendly production processes, better medicine, safer work and a safer society.

As with every disruptive technology, AI also entails risks and complex policy challenges in areas such as safety, reliability and robustness, ethics, laws and fundamental rights, socio-economic aspects, to name a few.

The level of knowledge and awareness about the true opportunities, capabilities, limitations, challenges and risks of AI varies tremendously, giving room for polarized debates and positions. ALLAI has been the bedrock of a balanced and informed debate about AI.

For AI to land in society in a responsible and sustainable manner, entire society must be duly informed about AI and properly involved in the debate around AI. An inclusive approach is key to understand the challenges of AI and to build trust in those AI applications that are responsible.

AI needs a continuous, systematic socio-technical approach, looking at the technology from all perspectives and through various lenses. This requires a multidisciplinary approach where policy makers, academics from a variety of fields, social partners, businesses and NGO’s work together on an ongoing basis.


ALLAI’s vision is a world where AI is developed, deployed and used responsibly, i.e. in a safe and sustainable manner and in line with our ethical principles, our societal values, existing and new laws and regulations, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We call this Responsble AI.


ALLAI’s mission is to take into account a wide variety of AI impact domains such as safety, autonomy, lawfulness, inclusiveness and transparency. These impact domains spread across society, from the public to the private sector, from labor relations to education and from the individual to the collective.


ALLAI fosters multi-disciplinarity and involves broad expertise in its activities (e.g. AI and data-scientists, legal scholars, ethicists and behavioral scientists). ALLAI’s work is aimed at various stakeholders such as policy-makers, social partners, consumers, private and public sector and society at large.

ALLAI Founders

ALLAI is founded by the three Dutch members of the European High Level Expert Group on AI

Catelijne Muller

co-founder | president

Expert on Artificial Intelligence and Society, Master of Laws

Catelijne Muller is President of ALLAI.

A master of laws by training, Catelijne began her career in 1997 as a Dutch qualified lawyer where she specialized in high-stakes (inter)national litigation and arbitration.

In 2012, Catelijne started working as an EU Policy advisor. In 2017 she put the impact of AI on Society on the (inter)national agenda, with a groundbreaking report on AI and Society, of which she was the Rapporteur for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

She heads the EESC Thematic Study Group on AI. She is a member of EU High Level Expert Group on AI, that advises the European Commission on economic, social, legal and ethical strategies for AI. Catelijne advises governments, (inter)national institutions, companies and organizations on Responsible AI.

Virginia Dignum

co-founder | board member

Professor in Ethical and Social Artificial Intelligence

Virginia Dignum is co-founder and board member of ALLAI.

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Ethical and Social Artificial Intelligence at Umea University in Sweden, where she is scientific lead of the WASP-HS program.

She is a member of the High Level Expert Group on AI, the WEF Global Forum on AI, Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI) and member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous Systems.

In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on agent-based organizational frameworks.

She has published the book “Responsible AI” and more than 180 peer-reviewed papers. From 2011 to 2016, she was vice-president of the Benelux AI Association (BNVKI).

Aimee v. Wynsberghe

co-founder | board member

Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology

Aimee is co-founder and board member of ALLAI.

Aimee van Wynsberghe began her career as part of a research team investigating the network variables related to surgical robots in Canada at the CSTAR Institute.

She is Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology at the TU Delft. She is co-founder of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and on the board of the Institute for Accountability in a Digital Age.

She is a member of the High Level Expert Group on AI to the European Commission, a member of the Advisory board for the AI & Intelligent Automantion Network and head of the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology robotics task force.

Aimee has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by Dutch magazine VIVA.


Mustafa Kaynak

Network Manager

Mustafa Kaynak is Network Manager at ALLAI and founding team member. He is a sales professional with a decade of experience in the financial industry. He successfully co-founded and built an international trading and consultancy business.

Noah Schöppl

AI Policy Consultant

Noah Schöppl is AI strategy associate at ALLAI. He is member of the management team of ProjectTogether, a Berlin-based digital incubator for social innovation. He pursues a part-time MSc at the Oxford Internet Institute.


Bob v/d Wal

Board Member VCP, SER

Bob van der Wal is President of the Association of KLM Professionals and Board Member of the Dutch Trade Union Confederation for Professionals (VCP). He is a member of the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER). He serves as Advisory Board Member of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and GAK Fund.

Jaya Baloo

Chief Information Security Officer

Jaya Baloo is the former CISO of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands. Recognized in 2017 as one of the top 100 CISO’s globally. For the past 18 years, she has worked for global telecommunications companies such as Verizon and France Telecom. Jaya is a frequent speaker at security conferences on lawful interception, mass surveillance, and cryptography.

Robert Went

Economist, WRR

Robert Went (1955) is economist at the Dutch Scientific Council on Government Policy (WRR). He obtained his PhD in 2001 on globalisation. Robert was the co-autor of the WRR-report ‘Mastering the Robot’ about robotization and labour and he joined Catelijne Muller as expert in the preparations of the EESC-report on AI & Society of May 2017.

Jim Dratwa

Head European Group on Ethics

Jim Dratwa heads the team tasked with Ethics in Science and New Technologies at the European Commission. He is the Secretary-General of the EC International Dialogue on Bioethics and the EC representative in the international organizations dealing with the ethical implications of science and new technologies. He holds degrees in physics, philosophy, politics and the life sciences.